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Indonesia Reports Sixth Bird Flu Death

by 5m Editor
27 March 2012, at 6:32am

INDONESIA - A 17 year-old Indonesian had died on avian influenza in West Nusa Tenggara, putting the total fatality in the country to six this year, Health Ministry said here on Tuesday.

The boy died on 9 March after being treated in a hospital and a health clinic for one week.

Two laboratory test confirmed that he had H5N1 viruses, the ministry said in a statement.

The boy first got the symptoms on February 28 as he suffered from fever, then on 1 March he went to a doctor and then was treated in a health clinic and a hospital.

Investigation indicated that he likely had contacted with chickens, as officials found some chickens had died around his house.

The latest death put the total fatality on bird flu since the virus attacks the country in 2005 to 156.

Bird flu had attacked Indonesia, the hardest, since 2005, and then the attacks were eased significantly. But, it has reemerged again since last year, by killing nine people in 2011.

Concerns on the bird flu attacks appear in the region following the reports of the death on the viruses in Indonesia, Cambodia, China and Viet Nam.

Further Reading

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