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Indonesian Boy Dies of Bird Flu
posted by admin on 16/10/06
An 11-year-old Indonesian boy died from bird flu, raising the national death toll from the disease to 53
October 15, 2006 4:09 a.m.
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- An 11-year-old Indonesian boy died from bird flu, raising the national death toll from the disease to 53, the director of the hospital where the patient was being treated said Sunday.
The boy, who wasn't named by officials, was admitted to the Sulianti Saroso Hospital for Infectious Diseases on Thursday and died Saturday night, said Dr. Santoso Suroso.
He was believed to have become infected by dead chickens near his home in south Jakarta, Dr. Suroso said. Almost all of the fatal human cases have been linked to contact with chickens or their droppings.
In September, the Indonesian government said it responded to the emergence of new human cases of bid flu by culling poultry and distributing free doses of Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu drug.
Indonesia has been criticized for failing to aggressively attack the virus in poultry, either by mass slaughters or vaccination. It has said it lacks the resources to compensate farmers for slaughtered birds. In June, Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie, complained international donors have yet to contribute "a single cent" toward the $900 million the Indonesian government has budgeted to fight H5N1 over the next three years.
As of Oct. 11, bird flu has killed at least 148 people world-wide out of 253 cases since it started ravaging poultry stocks in Asia three years ago, according to WHO.
Copyright © 2006 Associated Press
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