Indonesian woman dies of bird flu -health ministry

JAKARTA, May 7 (Reuters) - An Indonesian woman from Sumatra has died from bird flu, a health ministry official said on Monday, taking the country’s human death toll to 75.

Joko Suyono said by telephone the H5N1 virus had been confirmed after two laboratory tests on samples from the victim.

The woman, 29, who was from Pekanbaru in Riau province on Sumatra island, was hospitalised in Medan on May 1 after suffering from fever and respiratory problems and died two days later, another health ministry official, Suharda Ningrum, said.

“There were no fowl in her neighbourhood in Pekanbaru, however officials are conducting a thorough investigation,” she said.

bird flu story source: Reuters alertnet

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