Bird flu claims the life of Indonesian toddler
An Indonesian health ministry official has confirmed that a toddler has died from bird flu, pushing the country’s death toll to 89.
The four-year-old girl from Tangerang, Jakarta, died on Monday 22 October after she was hospitalised for two days. Tests from two local laboratories were positive for the deadly virus.
Indonesia has been badly hit by the virus since it began ravaging poultry stocks across Asia in 2003. According to the World Health Organization, Indonesia’s human death toll from the illness now accounts for almost half of the recorded 203 fatalities worldwide.
The girl was the fourth Indonesian killed by the disease this month. A 21-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy died earlier.