Thursday, September 06, 2007

Indonesia reports 85th bird flu death

JAKARTA (AFP) — A 33-year-old Indonesian man from Sumatra island died of bird flu on Thursday, bringing the death toll in the world’s worst-affected nation to 85 and the global toll to 200, health officials said.

The plantation worker died at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT), the doctor treating him at the state general hospital in the city of Pekanbaru, Azizman Daad, told AFP.

A health ministry official earlier confirmed that the man was infected with the deadly H5N1 virus, after two tests came back positive.

The archipelago nation has now reported 106 cases overall, including the 85 deaths.

Daad said it was not clear whether the man had come into contact with infected poultry, but he had bought two live chickens at a local market.

The patient was taken to hospital in Pekanbaru on Saturday and transferred on Monday to the general state hospital, the facility designated by the government to treat bird flu patients in the region.

Separately, two children and an adult on the island of Bali were being treated as suspected carriers of the virus, said Putu Andrika, from the bird flu team at Sanglah general hospital in the capital Denpasar.

“They are not in critical condition,” Andrika said.

Tests were being carried out to confirm whether they were infected, he added.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 09/06 at 04:11 AM
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