Wednesday, April 04, 2007

indonesian woman dies of bird flu: health ministry

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Jakarta housemaid who had looked after a pet eagle has died from bird flu, marking Indonesia’s 72nd confirmed death from the virus, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most-populous country, has had more deaths from the H5N1 strain of avian influenza than any other nation. An additional 20 people confirmed to have the virus have not died.

Muhammad Nadirin of the health ministry’s bird flu center told Reuters that two tests on the 23-year-old housemaid from south Jakarta, who died on April 1, confirmed she had bird flu.

“Her master keeps an eagle at home, she took care of the bird,” Nadirin said.

He said authorities had yet to determine whether the eagle had the virus, although a number of fowl in the area had suddenly died.

Bird flu article source: Reuters

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