Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Indonesia : Bird Claims The Life Of Another Child

An Indonesian boy, six and a half years old, died of bird flu last weekend. The death toll in the Indonesian archipelago from the H5N1 virus now stands at 81, or 82, depending on which 'official' fatality count you rely. The real toll is likely to be much higher.

From the Bangkok Post :
The six-and-a-half-year-old boy, identified only by his initials SZ, is from Cilegon Municipality of West Java's Banten province.

He died on Sunday afternoon at Jakarta's Sulianti Saroso Hospital, designated to treat bird flu patients in Indonesia, said Joko Suyanto, an official at the Health Ministry's Bird Flu Information Centre.

Suyanto said the victim began showing symptoms of bird flu on July 1 and was admitted to Siloan Glen Eagle Hospital in Tanggerang, west of Jakarta, four days later. On July 5, he was transferred to the infectious disease Sulianti Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta with fever, cough, pneumonia and breathing problems.

There was no report on how the boy came to be infected with the virus.

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