Human death toll in Indonesia's bird flu cases rises to 82

A 29-year-old woman has died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, bringing the human death toll from bird flu in Indonesia to 82, the Health Ministry said Monday.

Human death toll in Indonesia's bird flu cases rises to 82
The ministry's bird flu center said tests from the Health Research and Development Agency and the independent Eijkman Foundation showed that the woman from Jembrana District's Dangin Tukad Aya hamlet on the resort island of Bali died of the disease Sunday.

She is the first human case of the H5N1 virus on the island.

Joko Suyono of the center told Kyodo News that the woman began to exhibit bird flu symptoms on Aug. 3 but was only hospitalized four days later.

On Saturday, the Animal Husbandry Agency at the Agricultural Ministry confirmed poultry around her house and others in the hamlet had been infected by the H5N1 virus.

"We suspect that she was infected by the virus through her chickens," Suyono said.

Last month, the woman's 5-year-old daughter fell ill with bird flu symptoms after playing with the chickens and died a few days later. Doctors, however, failed to take her tissue samples and could not confirm whether the girl died of bird flu, according to the official.

Bird flu has infected at least 319 people in 12 countries since its reemergence in December 2003, with 192 of them having died, according to WHO statistics.

Indonesia leads the WHO table, followed by Vietnam with 42 fatalities and Thailand with 17. The other affected countries are Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Laos, Nigeria, and Turkey.

AP - Kyodo
Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2007, 10:45
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