Monday, January 28, 2008

Indonesia Reports 100th Bird Flu Death

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by bird flu, has recorded its 100th human death as the virus picks up speed across Asia.

Health officials are bracing for more possible outbreaks during the upcoming Lunar New Year, when massive numbers of people and poultry are on the move.

In Indonesia, the H5N1 bird flu virus killed a 9-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman from the outskirts of Jakarta, said Joko Suyono of the National Bird Flu Center.

The boy fell ill Jan. 16 and died Sunday in Jakarta after testing positive, Suyono said. The woman developed symptoms Jan. 19 and died in a hospital.

Two other Indonesians in their 30s, who also tested positive, were being treated in the capital, Suyono said.

Bird flu story source: AP

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