20 Jan '12, 9pm

Five-year-old girl dies of bird flu, second this year in Indonesia - TODAYonline #health #news

JAKARTA - Indonesian health officials say a five-year-old girl has died of bird flu in Jakarta - just days after her brother succumbed to the virus. This raised the number of fatalities from H5N1 to five in Asia in the last three weeks. The girl and her 23-year-old brother lived in the same house in Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta and are believed to have been infected by sick pigeons. There was no evidence of human-to-human transmission, the health authorities said. Indonesia's Health Ministry said several lab tests confirmed the girl had the virus, making her the second fatality in Indonesia this year. "In the earlier examinations, the bird flu was not detected. It appeared after we conducted several tests," Mr Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the ministry's Disease Control and Environmental Health Chief, was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post newspaper. Mr Tjandra said the child'...

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