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Human Bird Flu Kills 1 in Indonesia; Spreads in Vietnam

Indonesian health authorities say a teenage girl has died of bird flu.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization, her death would bring to 79 the number of people in Indonesia who have died from the H5N1 strain of the virus.

In Vietnam, health authorities say bird flu has spread to two more provinces in the northern and central parts of the country. Fourteen provinces have been been affected by new outbreaks in the last month.

Authorities say the H5N1 strain killed around 300 unvaccinated ducks on a farm in Quang Nam province. The remaining ducks were culled.

Last week, Vietnam reported its first human bird flu case since late 2005. The 30-year-old man is being treated at a hospital, and doctors say his condition is improving.

Bird flu has killed 42 people in Vietnam since 2003.

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