The Indonesian health ministry has confirmed that a woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu.
The 31-year-old housewife from Bekasi in West Java province is the 163rd fatality from the virus in Southeast Asia's biggest nation, the ministry said in a statement seen Monday.
AdvertisementShe came down with a fever last week and the bird flu virus was diagnosed but she died before medics could get her to a hospital for specialised treatment, it said.
Officials suspect she contracted the virus either from a pet bird in her house or from coming into contact with poultry in her neighbourhood, it added in a statement.
Indonesia has recorded 195 cases of bird flu, according to ministry figures.