Saturday, October 13, 2007

Indonesia : 12 Year Old Boy Dies From H5N1

88th Official Victim Of Bird Flu In Indonesia

The death rate in Indonesia seems to climbing again :
A 12-year-old Indonesian boy died of bird flu on Saturday, raising the toll in the nation worst affected by avian flu to 88, the health ministry said.

The boy, who tested positive for the H5N1 virus, died in a hospital here at 7:30 am (0030 GMT), said Nirwan, a staffer on duty at the Health Ministry's bird flu information centre.

"Medical doctors at the hospital were meeting to discuss his case, since he showed great improvement in his health condition, with his white-blood cell count rising, but the boy suddenly died at 7:30 this morning," said Nirwan.

Results of two tests on blood and saliva samples taken from the boy on Thursday showed he was infected by the deadly H5N1 strain, making him the country's 109th confirmed human bird flu infection case, of which 88 have died.

The boy, only identified by his initials IR, first showed symptoms of bird flu on September 30 but was only admitted to hospital in Tangerang, just west of here, on October 8.

"The boy had a history of contact with a dead infected chicken near his school," Nirwan said.

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