Two Indonesians killed by bird flu
One teen and a 37-year-old woman have become the
latest victims of the avian virus. Their deaths bring the
country's brings the H5N1 fatalities to 59.
The woman developed symptoms on 1 January, and
was admitted to
five days later. Her 42-year-old
husband and their 18-year-old son are suffering from symptoms of fever and
respiratory infection, and are being tested for avian flu.
The new infections provide chances for H5N1 to mutate into a form
more dangerous to people. Millions could die if it mutates and begins spreading
easily between people, sparking a pandemic. South Korea, Vietnam and Nigeria had fresh poultry outbreaks last month,
while China and
Egypt found human cases.
The H5N1 strain is known to have infected 264 people in 10 countries
since 2003, killing 158 of them. Indonesia
recorded the most deaths.
22-year-old man from Tangerang, in the Banten province on the west of Java
island, has tested positive for H5N1. The man is from the same province as the
woman who died.
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