Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Indonesian Bird Flu Toll Rises to 44

Two Indonesian teenagers have died of bird flu, according to local test results that, if confirmed, would bring Indonesia’s death toll to 44 and make it the world’s hardest-hit country.

Normally reliable tests performed at a local laboratory showed that a boy and girl, both 16-years-old, died this week of the illness, health officials said Tuesday.

The H5N1 virus has killed at least 135 people worldwide since it began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003, according to the World Health Organization. That figure does not include the latest deaths in Indonesia.

Avian influenza story source

Posted by john T. on 08/08 at 06:30 AM
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