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Agency: 'Quake survivors at risk from bird flu' LONDON (UK) - Some homeless survivors from last month's earthquake in Indonesia are at greater risk of catching avian influenza as they shelter in poultry sheds, Merlin, a U.K.-based aid agency said. Merlin's workers found more than 100 quake survivors in central Java's Bantul district sheltering in six large poultry sheds, among the few structures left standing in the area, Merlin said in a statement on its Web site.

Some sheds "were only partially cleaned and still had chicken droppings lying on bamboo slats,'' Yolanda Bayugo, Merlin's health director in Indonesia, was quoted as saying. Merlin said it had informed the World Health Organization and Indonesia's health officials. The Indonesian government and aid agencies are struggling to treat survivors of the May 27 quake, which killed at least 6,234 people, more than half of those in Bantul.

Indonesia, the world's fourth-most-populous nation, has had outbreaks of the H5N1 bird-flu virus in poultry in more than three-quarters of its 33 provinces, including central Java. At least 36 people have been killed by the H5N1 bird-flu virus in Indonesia, the largest number of deaths in a country after Vietnam, where 42 people have died from the disease.


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