Indonesia reports H5N1 death

20:07, August 06, 2010      

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A 34 year-old Indonesian woman died of bird flu in Tanggerang city in an outskirt of Jakarta, bringing the total fatality to 139 in the country, the Health Ministry said here Friday.

The archipelago country had been hit the hardest by the H5N1 virus, and the attacks of the virus have been weakened recently.

The woman died on July 7 after she was treated intensively at a hospital in the city, the spokesperson of the ministry Tri Tarayati said.

"Two of laboratory tests showed that she was positively infected by H5N1," she said at the health ministry.

The woman, who was a teacher of a senior high school in the city, first felt the symptoms of cough, fever, and the problem on her throat on July 2, she went to a doctor, the spokesperson said.

Two days later she returned to the doctor as she had not been cured yet, she was then shifted to a hospital in the city, Tarayati said

During the treatment the woman had got a high fever and respiratory problem, her condition deteriorated as she contracted pneumonia before she died, said the spokesperson.

It was not clear yet whether the woman had historical contact with poultry, as it was the common cause of the death of bird flu in Indonesia, she said.

The ministry has reported the case to the World Health Organization, said Tarayati.

Source: Xinhua


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