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Indonesian Baby Dead due to Bird Flu

Indonesia has recorded another bird flu death here, after a test confirmed a one-year old baby girl who died on Thursday in Jakarta was positive for the 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 any birds.

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

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

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