Indonesian Man
Dies Of Bird Flu

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian man died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu after coming into contact with his neighbor's infected chickens, a senior health official said Friday, citing local laboratory tests.
A swab and blood sample from the 30-year-old man have been sent to a World Health Organization-sanctioned laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation, said Hariadi Wibisono, a director at the Health Ministry.
If confirmed, the man's death will raise Indonesia's human toll from H5N1 to 25, Wibisono said.
At least 105 people have died worldwide from the strain since it broke out in Asian poultry populations in late 2003. The virus has killed or forced the slaughter of more than 200 million birds across Asia and spread to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.



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