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Indonesian baby confirmed dead due to bird flu

http://www.100md.com   2006-3-25 xinhuanet
     JAKARTA, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia recorded another bird flu death here on Saturday, after local test confirmed a one-year old baby girl who died on Thursday in Jakarta was positive of having avian influenza virus, director at the health ministry said.

    "The baby is positive, according to our local test," Director Hariadi Wibisono told Xinhua.

    It was not clear whether the baby or her parent had contacted with fowls.

    The death still awaited test results from the World Health Organization, which had so far confirmed 22 death out of 30 Indonesians contracted by avian influenza virus.

    Bird flu has now killed more than 90 people in East Asia and the Middle East since late 2003 and scientists feared the virus could mutate and spread easily from human to human, which could trigger a pandemic. Enditem

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