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Bird Flu Claims Another Human Victim

The human death toll from bird flu rose to at least 113 with the death of a 30 year old man from Indonesia.

“Infectious diseases continue to be one of the most acute problems in health care,” said Russian Health Minister Mikhail Zurabov. He proposed developing a global information and analysis system to monitor infectious diseases, as well as setting up an international bank of anti-viral drugs. He also urged the international community to increase efforts to stem the spread of HIV and AIDS, and to create a global system for monitoring flu outbreaks in connection with bird flu.

Indonesia reported its 25th death from the H5N1 strain of bird flu on Friday and China said an 8-year-old girl had contracted the disease.

The 30-year-old Indonesian man who died this week had contact with infected chickens in Tangerang, a city 25 miles west of the capital Jakarta, said Health Ministry official Hariadi Wibisono.

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