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Indonesian Woman Died of Bird Flu From Suspected Cluster Village


Indonesian health officials say a woman who died last week in a village seriously affected by bird flu has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 virus.

Officials say laboratory tests confirmed Sunday the 35-year-old woman from the West Java district of Cikelet died Thursday of bird flu.

A series of confirmed and suspected bird flu cases have been found in humans in Cikelet.

Indonesia's Health Ministry and the World Health Organization deployed investigators to the area Thursday following confirmation of the country's 45th bird flu fatality, a nine-year-old boy.

In May, seven members of one family in Indonesia died of the disease, raising fears the virus may have mutated into a form that can pass easily between humans.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.