Friday, November 25, 2005

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INFECTED birds WORLDWIDE

Bird flu has killed more than 100 million birds in Asia since 2003, and has jumped to humans, killing at least 67 people in the region, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO figures did not include the latest death in China.

On Thursday, China announced the spread of bird flu to a far western region. The Nov. 17 outbreak in Turpan, a city in China's Xinjiang region, killed 11 birds and prompted the destruction of 5,180 more, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the Agriculture Ministry.

Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry said chickens have been infected with H5N1 in at least three districts in Aceh, where tens of thousands of survivors of the Dec. 26 tsunami still live in crowded refugee camps. Sjamsul Bahri, the ministry's director of animal health, said bird flu has been found in 23 of Indonesia's 30 provinces.

In Vietnam, a 15-year-old boy from the northern port city of Haiphong tested positive for H5N1. He was hospitalized and expected to recover, said health official Nguyen Van Binh.

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