Friday, July 21, 2006

Indonesia confirms its 42nd death due to the bird flu virus (Human)

Indonesia on Thursday confirmed its 42nd human death from the H5N1 bird flu virus. The disease has killed the same number of people in Vietnam. The two countries have the highest bird flu death tolls in the world.

The latest victim was a 44-year-old man who died in an East Jakarta hospital earlier this month. Officials said the man was a fried chicken seller, Agence France Presse reported.

While Indonesia and Vietnam have each had 42 bird flu fatalities, there have been no deaths reported in Vietnam so far this year.

The growing death toll in Indonesia concerns experts, who have accused Indonesian officials of acting too slowly to halt the spread of H5N1, AFP reported.

The Indonesian government has focused on vaccinating poultry, rather than conducting mass poultry slaughters, as recommended by the United Nations. Other countries in the region have carried out slaughter programmes to control the spread of the H5N1 virus.

Source for this avian influenza story:

AFP

Posted by john T. on 07/21 at 08:53 AM
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