Monday, June 25, 2007

Indonesia reports new bird flu case - (3-year-old girl)

Jakarta, (dpa) - A 3-year-old Indonesian girl has tested positive for bird flu and is being treated in a hospital in eastern Sumatra province of Riau, health ministry officials said Sunday.

The child from the town of Rumbai fell ill on June 18. One day later, she was admitted to the Arifin Achmad hospital in the provincial capital Pakanbaru, suffering from fever but without cough or respiratory problems, ministry spokeswoman Lily Sulistyowati said.

“She was in good condition but is still being treated at the hospital,” Sulistyowati said.

Joko Suyanto from the health ministry’s bird-flu centre said two local tests showed positive for H5N1 virus. He added that the girl had been in contact with dead chickens.

The latest case makes 101 confirmed human cases and 80 deaths in Indonesia, the world’s highest human toll from avian influenza. This year alone, 23 deaths were recorded in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most-populous nation.

Bird flu story source: Bangkok News

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