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Indonesian Bird Flu Deaths Hit 42

Tests have confirmed that an Indonesian man has died of the bird flu virus, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 42.

A 44-year-old fried chicken seller from east Jakarta became the latest victim in a country that has seen more human deaths from bird flu than any other.

The director-general of communicable disease control at the Indonesian Health Ministry said: "The man was confirmed to have bird flu by the Hong Kong laboratory. There were dead chickens around him, but chickens around his neighbourhood tested negative for bird flu."

Contact with sick or dead poultry is the usual mode of transmission of the H5N1 bird flu virus, which is endemic in nearly all of the country's 33 provinces.

The dead man had contact with chicken every day when preparing fried chicken. All his family members have tested negative for bird flu.

Human cases of bird flu have been rising steadily in Indonesia since its first known outbreak in poultry in late 2003. Earlier this month, a three-year-old girl died of the virus.

Worldwide, the disease has killed at least 132 people since it re-emerged in east Asia in 2003.

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