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Bird Flu Claims Life of Indonesian Woman

by Kathy Jones on November 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM
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 Bird Flu Claims Life of Indonesian Woman

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.

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She 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.

Source: AFP
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