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Children die of bird flu on Bali

Two Indonesian children have died of bird flu on the popular tourist island of Bali, the first local deaths from the illness in seven months.

Hospital officials said a 10-year boy and his five-year old sister both died over the weekend after testing positive for the H5N1 virus. They had reportedly come into direct contact with dead birds near their home.

Indonesia has been hardest hit by the virus, with 148 deaths since 2003. The last was in March.

The bird flu virus which swept much of the globe three years ago can still be found in a handful of countries, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India and Vietnam.

The World Health Organisation said Indonesia accounts for nearly half the 333 human fatalities worldwide.


From Belfast Telegraph