WHO confirms 25th avian flu death in Indonesia

09-05-2006 | |

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that a 30-year-old man who died in late April was Indonesia’s 25th avian influenza fatality.

Indonesian officials reported a week ago that local tests had been positive for the H5N1 virus and that samples had been sent to Hong Kong for confirmatory testing. The WHO told government officials that the tests were positive, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The man, who lived in Tangerang, outside Jakarta, presumably contracted the H5N1 strain from his neighbour’s infected chickens and died April 26, according to earlier news reports. He is the 115th human death worldwide from avian flu and the 207th case, according to the WHO.

WHO data reveal that in 2006 Indonesia has reported the most cases and deaths from avian flu. This year Indonesia has had 16 cases with 14 deaths. Egypt has reported 13 cases and 5 deaths, Turkey 12 and 4, and China 10 and 7.