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Bird Flu Confirmed in Deaths of 2 Indonesian Children


A laboratory in Hong Kong has confirmed it was the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu that killed two Indonesian children from the same family this month.

An Indonesian Health Ministry official said Saturday the deaths in West Java province raise the country's toll from bird flu to 14 confirmed cases.

A three-year-old boy died Tuesday at a provincial hospital. His 13-year-old sister died the previous week, and a third sibling is suffering symptoms of the virus.

Elsewhere, Ukraine has confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu among birds in the southern Crimea Peninsula.

Ukrainian officials say they do not yet know if the birds had the H5N1 strain.

The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 80 deaths from bird flu in East Asia and Turkey since 2003.

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