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Indonesian Boy With Bird Flu Dies


Indonesian health officials say a 16-year-old boy who had tested positive for bird flu has died.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization, the death would be Indonesia's 43rd from the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

Health Ministry officials say the patient had been in contact with sick chickens in the West Java district of Bekasi.

Officials say samples from the boy are being sent to a laboratory in the United States for secondary testing.

Health experts are closely watching Indonesia. Seven members of a single family died in a north Sumatra village last May. The deaths were the largest cluster of its kind since the global outbreak began in 2003, and raised concerns about human-to-human transmission of the virus.

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