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China Mobilizes Army Against Bird Flu

China has mobilized its huge army to guard against bird flu in its ranks after the country reported its fourth outbreak of the disease.

The People's Liberation Army Daily newspaper said Saturday the 2.3-million-strong army should make urgent plans to detect the virus and stop its spread.

The news came as Indonesian officials said a woman who died in October had bird flu, bringing the number of deaths in that country to five.

A child related to the woman is being treated in a Jakarta hospital after testing positive for the disease, bringing the number of Indonesian cases to nine.

The confirmation of the two cases Saturday came a day after China, Vietnam and Japan reported fresh outbreaks of bird flu in poultry.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.