posted by admin on 11/09/06
The girl had a history of contact with fowls.
Indonesia recorded a 14-year-old girl, who died in June in South Sualwesi province, positive with avian influenza, Health Minister Siti Padila Supari said in Jakarta yesterday.
She said that the girl had a history of contact with fowls. Authorities found many chickens around the girl residence had died.
The local test now indicated she was "positive," said the minister.
"She had contacts with chickens," said Supari.
The test result brought the total deaths of avian influenza in Indonesia to 48 out of 63 contracted people, she said.
The total deaths from the highly pathogenic H5N1 in Indonesia has surpassed Vietnam, the country hit hardest by the bird flu.
Experts said they fear that the virus could mutate to a certain level that can make it transmittable among humans.