Monday, January 14, 2008

Indonesian woman dies of bird flu - health official

JAKARTA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A Indonesian woman from an area just west of the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, taking the country’s confirmed human death toll from the virus to 95, a health ministry official said on Monday.

The 32-year-old woman from Tangerang died at her home last Thursday after her family had taken her out of a hospital where she had been receiving treatment a day before, said Suharda Ningrum of the health ministry’s bird flu centre.

Contact with sick fowl is the most common way of contracting bird flu, endemic in bird populations in most of Indonesia.

“She bought a live chicken and some eggs from a market and cooked them,” Ningrum said, adding there were also chickens living in her backyard.

Two tests at two different laboratories confirmed the H5N1 virus.

Avian flu story source: Reuters

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