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    Hong Kong Boy Has Bird Flu

    A prefectural officer disinfects a poultry farm where chickens suspected of being infected with bird flu were found in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, in central Japan, on January 26, 2011. Some 450 chickens died in four days at the poultry farm and four chickens tested positive for bird flu. Meanwhile, Japan began slaughtering thousands of chickens in Kagoshima prefecture in the country's largest poultry farming area to fight an outbreak of bird flu, a local official said.    AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A 2-year-old boy has the bird flu, the first incident of the deadly virus reported by Hong Kong public health officials in 18 months. The boy is said to be in serious condition after testing positive for the H5N1 strain, leading city officials to raise the alert level to "serious." The boy came in contact with a duck in mid-May, and developed a fever and running nose a few days later. His parents have not developed any symptoms, officials said, but are being quarantined at the same hospital where their son is being treated.

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