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World Bank Hopes to Raise $1 Billion at Bird Flu Donor Conference

The World Bank hopes to raise more than one billion dollars to fight bird flu at a global conference that opens in Beijing Tuesday.

The World Bank has said up to 1.4 billion dollars are needed to combat the deadly virus in developing countries. A bank official, Jim Adams, says he expects most of the target will be met.

Delegates from more than 80 countries will attend the two-day event. The money raised will help countries improve health services for flu victims and contain outbreaks among birds.

Meanwhile, medical tests in Indonesia show a 13-year-old girl has died of bird flu, and two other members of her family may also have been infected.

If the girl is confirmed to have died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, Indonesia's death toll from the virus would rise to 13.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.