Child death in Indonesia linked to bird flu

GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization says a 2-year-old girl in Indonesia has died after becoming infected with a deadly form of bird flu.

The U.N. health agency says the child from East Jakarta developed symptoms Nov. 18 and died 11 days later.

WHO says a 9-year-old girl from Riau province tested positive on Nov. 7 but has since recovered.

WHO said Tuesday the two cases take Indonesia's official tally of bird flu in humans to 139.

The agency says there have been 113 deaths from the disease in the Asian country -- the same number given last month by Indonesian authorities before the latest death was reported.

WHO officials could not immediately be reached to explain the discrepancy.

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