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2005-10-20-Thailand Confirms New Bird Flu Death; New Suspected Cases in Indonesia

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2005-10-20-Thailand Confirms New Bird Flu Death; New Suspected Cases in Indonesia

There are more reports of bird flu outbreaks across Asia, Thursday.
Thailand announced that a 48-year-old man died after contact with infected poultry. Thirteen Thais have died from the disease.

In Indonesia doctors said a father and son have been hospitalized with suspected bird flu, raising fears of the possibility of human-to-human transmission.

Taiwan agriculture officials Thursday confirmed that birds found last week in a container smuggled from China were infected with H5N1 avian flu. All the birds were destroyed on the spot.

And China's Agriculture Ministry says about 90,000 birds have been culled in the Inner Mongolia Region were the virus was found this week.

The virus has killed more than 60 people in Asia since 2003.

Health experts fear it could mutate into a strain easily spread by humans, creating a worldwide pandemic.

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