New bird flu death in Indonesia
The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country's 56th
case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza
The case occurred in a 17-year-old female from Jakarta Province. She
developed symptoms on 28 July, was hospitalised on 4 August, and died on 8
An investigation into her source of infection found that pet pigeons were
kept inside her home and that several neighbouring households maintained flocks
of backyard poultry. Animal health authorities have collected samples from birds
in the neighbourhood and these will be tested as part of the continuing
Of the 56 human bird
flu cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 44 have been fatal.
Go to the World Health Organisation cumulative tally of human bird flu
infections and deaths.
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