Saturday, January 21, 2006

Indonesia: Bird flu confirmed in deaths of 2 children

A laboratory in Hong Kong has confirmed the H5N1 strain of bird flu killed two children from the same family this month, a senior official at the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The two children come from West Java province. Indonesia has now had 14 confirmed deaths from bird flu, said the official, Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases at the ministry, and five cases where patients have survived.

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