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Indonesia Confirms Human Bird Flu Death


Indonesia's health ministry has confirmed another human fatality from bird flu.

If verified by the World Health Organization, it would bring to 80 the number of people who have died from bird flu in Indonesia. Indonesia has the highest number of human bird flu deaths in the world.

Meanwhile, in Burma, agriculture officials have detected a new outbreak of bird flu among poultry.

Officials say the H5N1 strain of the virus has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Bago, around 80 kilometers north of Rangoon. Around 1,000 birds have been culled to prevent the spread of the virus.

Burma has reported several outbreaks of bird flu among poultry, but has not reported any cases among humans.

The World Health Organization says 190 people have died from the virus since the outbreak began in 2003, mostly in Asian countries.

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

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