Indonesia: Bird flu claims two lives in Bali

12-10-2011 | |

Two children, aged five and ten from Jehem, Bangli – Bali province have died from a case of bird flu at Sanglah hospital.

The director of Sanglah hospital Elzarita Arbain said that based on the analysis of blood and throat swab samples, the two children were found positive of bird flu. The analysis was conducted at Sanglah hospital, biomolecular laboratory of Udayana University and health research and development body of Indonesian ministry of health.

The children had reportedly come into direct contact with dead birds near their house. Indonesia has been hardest hit by the virus, with 148 deaths since 2003. The last was in March. The World Health Organization says Indonesia accounts for nearly half the 333 human fatalities worldwide.