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Bird flu claims 94th victim in Indonesia

Bird flu claims 94th victim in Indonesia

A 24-year-old woman from the outskirts of Indonesia's capital has died of bird flu, raising the country's death toll from the virus to 94, the health ministry said Wednesday.
The woman from Cengkarang, on the western outskirts of Jakarta, was hospitalized for six days. She died early Tuesday, ministry official Joko Suyono said.
"Tests on her samples in two laboratories came back positive," he said.
Suyono said health officials were investigating the source of her infection.
Indonesia has regularly recorded human deaths from bird flu since the virus began ravaging poultry stocks across Asia in 2003. Its 94 deaths now account for almost half of the recorded fatalities worldwide, according to figures from the World Health Organization.
Almost all cases have originated from sick poultry, but experts fear the virus may mutate into a strain that can pass more easily from person to person, possibly infecting millions around the world.
Indonesia, which has millions of backyard chickens and poor medical facilities, is a potential hotspot for a global bird flu pandemic, scientists have warned.


Updated : 2020-12-03 13:01 GMT+08:00