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WHO Confirms 23rd Indonesia Human Death from Bird Flu


The World Health Organization has confirmed that a one-year-old girl has become the 23rd person in Indonesia to die of the H5N1 bird flu virus.

WHO officials say the girl died about a week ago at a Jakarta hospital. Indonesia has seen more deaths from the virus than any other nation except Vietnam.

Meanwhile, health officials in Jordan Friday confirmed that nation's first human case of bird flu. They say a 31-year-old Egyptian worker is being treated and is in good condition.

On Thursday, health authorities in Afghanistan began investigating the deaths of three children from the same family on suspicion they might have died of bird flu.

The deadly form of bird flu has killed more than 100 people since 2003, mostly in East Asia. It has recently spread to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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