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Indonesia Raises Bird Flu Death Toll to 49


Indonesian Health Ministry officials say a five-year-old boy who died in March has been declared the country's 49th bird flu death.

Officials said Wednesday the victim was added to Indonesia's list of bird flu casualties months after his death because of a change in the World Health Organization's testing guidelines.

Health officials say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. state of Georgia, confirmed the boy died of the H5N1 virus in March in a Jakarta hospital.

Indonesia has recorded the highest number of bird flu deaths since a regional outbreak began in 2003. At least 143 people have died from the disease worldwide.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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