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Indonesia Sets Goal to End Human Bird Flu Cases


Indonesia's top bird flu official says the country hopes to cut human cases from the virus to zero by the end of 2007.

Speaking with reporters Friday, Bayu Krisnamurthi said Indonesia does not want to see any new human cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu by the end of next year.

Indonesia plans to boost public awareness of the disease and restructure its poultry industry to reach its goal.

International aid will nearly double next year, increasing to $65 million.

Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird flu - 57. The latest bird flu victim died on November 28.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 150 people worldwide since 2003, with most of the deaths in Asia.

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

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