20 Jan '12, 7am

Indonesia reports 2nd bird flu death this year

Indonesia reports 2nd bird flu death this year

JAKARTA: - Indonesia on Friday reported its second human death from bird flu this year, with the death of a five-year-old girl who recently lost her relative to the deadly virus. Concerns about avian influenza have risen in the region after China in late December reported its first fatality from the H5N1 virus in 18 months. Vietnam on Thursday reported its first human death from the virus in nearly two years, as the virus also claimed the life of a toddler in Cambodia. The latest Indonesian victim lived in the same house with a 24-year-old relative who died of the virus on January 7 but authorities say there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission between the two infected people. "The child passed away after being treated for a few days at a hospital," Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the head of communicable diseases at Indonesia's health ministry, told AFP. "We have conducted...

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