Saturday, February 16, 2008

Indonesian teenager dies of bird flu

JAKARTA, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Indonesian boy from Central Java has died from bird flu, taking the country’s death toll from the virus to 104, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said on its Web site the boy had fallen sick on Feb. 3 with fever symptoms and respiratory problems after five chickens belonging to him and a neighbour died.

There has been a sudden spike in bird flu cases in Indonesia since the start of the year. Some experts say the flare-up is caused by factors such as damp weather and poor sanitation during the rainy season.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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