Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Indonesia Clocks Up 86th Human Bird Flu Death

From AFP :
A 21-year-old man from the Indonesian capital Jakarta died from bird flu last week, the health ministry said Monday, bringing the toll in the world's worst-affected nation to 86.

"This confirmed case puts the number now at 107 infected, including 86 dead," Ningrum, a doctor from Indonesia's bird flu information centre, told AFP.

The victim, identified only by the initials "AR", died on Friday at a hospital in West Jakarta, said Ningrum.

He had tested positive for the H5N1 virus in two separate tests, the requirement to be reported as a confirmed case in Indonesia.

The man first suffered flu-like symptoms 10 days earlier but was only admitted to hospital three days before he died, Ningrum said.

It was not known whether he had come into contact with infected poultry, the usual method of transmission, she added.

Has the total fatality rate for H5N1 been reduced in recent months. I thought it was up to about 92. Have to check the records.

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