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2 More Deaths from Bird Flu

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) two more humans have died of from the bird flu (H5N1) infection, bringing the total number of human deaths from the avian flu to 48.

One bird flu victim is a 4-year-old girl from Makassar, South Sulawesi Province. Authorities say the girl developed bird flu like symptoms on June 18th, 2006, was hospitalized on June 23rd and died from the bird flu the following day. The girl had had contact with chickens.

There are two other bird flu cases, one fatal, that date back to June and November, 2005, Bird Flu Death picturesafter a recent revision of case definitions for H5N1 (bird flu) infection.

One was an 8-year-old girl from Tangerang, Banten Province, who became ill on June 24th, 2005 and died from the bird flu on July 14th, 2005. This girl was part of a family cluster (possibly bird flu human to human transmission). The other was a 45-year-old man from Magelang, Central Java Province, who became ill on November 25th, 2005, and subsequently recovered. This is one of the few recoveries from the bird flu.

63 humans have been infected with H5N1 (bird flu) in Indonesia, of which 48 (76%) have died.
Worldwide the number of confirmed deaths from the bird flu is at 143.

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