Indonesian woman dies of H5N1 avian flu

A 31-year-old Indonesian woman from near Jakarta has died of H5N1 avian flu, the country’s health ministry said today, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Her case is Indonesia’s third this year, all fatal.

The woman, from Bekasi in West Java province, developed a fever last week but died before health workers could get her to a hospital for specialized treatment, the story said. The health ministry suspects the woman contracted H5N1 from either a pet bird in her house or neighborhood poultry.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the case would bring Indonesia’s total since 2005 to 195 H5N1 cases, including 163 fatalities. Last year the archipelago nation confirmed nine cases, all fatal.

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