Monday, July 09, 2007

Indonesian boy dies of bird flu - health ministry

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 6-year-old Indonesian boy died of bird flu this weekend, bringing the country’s death toll from the disease to 81, officials said on Monday.

The boy, from the city of Cilegon in Banten province, suffered from high fever and breathing difficulties before he died of multi-organ failure on Sunday, said Tuty Hendrarwardati, the spokeswoman of Jakarta’s bird flu hospital.

The victim’s family and neighbours did not have any chickens in their backyard, Hendrarwardati said.

Joko Suyono from the health ministry’s bird flu center said it was not clear how the boy got the infection.

“We are still investigating how he had contracted the virus. So far, we only know that he visited the Bandung zoo,” Suyono said.

Bird flu story source: Reuters (India)

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