Two human bird flu cases confirmed in Indonesia

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November 5, 2005 10:31
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Two more human cases of bird flu were confirmed by Indonesian officials Saturday - including a 19-year-old woman who died from the disease - bringing the total number of human infections in the Southeast Asian nation to nine. The woman, from the town of Tangerang on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, was believed to have contracted the virus from infected dead chickens in her neighborhood, said Hariadi Wibisono, a Ministry of Health official. Her death brings the number of people killed by the disease in Indonesia to five, he said. Another patient, an 8-year-old boy related to the dead woman, was hospitalized. Wibisono said a Hong Kong laboratory had confirmed that both victims suffered from bird flu, but it was not immediately clear how the young boy contracted the disease.


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