Two more human cases of bird flu in Indonesia
Indonesia's bird flu toll has increased to 74 cases
with 56 deaths, after two more cases, one of them fatal, were reported this week
The World Health
reports that a 30-month-old boy from Karawang in West Java
province died of the illness, citing information from the Indonesian health
ministry. The boy became ill on 5 November and was hospitalised on
The other new case is in a 35-year-old woman from Tangerang in Banten
province, also on Java, the WHO said. She became ill on 7 November, and has been
hospitalised since 10 November.
The boy had been in contact with sick poultry, but the source of the
woman's infection is unclear as yet, an Indonesian official was cited by Agence
France-Presse as saying.
The last fatal cases in Indonesia were reported in 16 October, when three
people died from the avian
The two current illnesses have increased the WHO's global avian flu tally
to 258 cases with 153 deaths. Indonesia has the most deaths of any country, but
Vietnam still has the most cases with 93.
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