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China Reports New Bird Flu Outbreak in Poultry


China is reporting a new outbreak of bird flu in poultry in the northwest Xinjiang region.

Agriculture ministry officials said Thursday the virus responsible for the 11 dead birds in Turpan city has been confirmed as the highly contagious H5N1 type.

More than 5,000 birds have been culled to contain the new outbreak.

In Indonesia, agriculture officials say hundreds of chickens infected with the most deadly strain of avian influenza have died in three districts in Aceh.

In Vietnam, public health officials say a 15-year-old boy from the northern port city of Haiphong has tested positive for the same H5N1 strain of the flu virus. The findings have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization.

Nearly 70 people have died from bird flu in Asia since 2003. All known human cases of avian flu are believed to have resulted from close contact with infected birds.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.