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Egypt Reports 16th Human Death From Bird Flu


Egypt's health ministry says an Egyptian woman has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu. She is the 16th person to succumb to the virus in Egypt.

Authorities say the 25-year old woman was diagnosed with bird flu Tuesday and died the same day. She had entered a hospital in the central province of Beni Suef last Friday.

Authorities suspect the woman came into contact with infected birds at her home. Family members are being tested to see if they also are infected.

In Vietnam, health officials say they suspect a four-year-old child from northern Vietnam died of bird flu earlier this month at a Hanoi hospital. If confirmed, it would be Vietnam's 47th death from the virus since late 2003.

Also Wednesday, authorities in Indonesia reported the death of a 24-year old woman from the H5N1 virus.

She died at a hospital in Jakarta Tuesday, becoming Indonesia's 94th confirmed fatality from the virus.

Indonesian officials are still trying to determine how she was exposed to the virus. Indonesia has had more cases of bird flu in humans than any other country.

Health experts say humans become infected with the virus after coming into contact with sick poultry. They are concerned that the virus could evolve into a form easily transmissible between humans, which could result in a serious worldwide outbreak.

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