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Indonesian boy tested positive for bird flu

The Indonesian Health Ministry has confirmed that a 14-year-old boy has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia, bringing the total number of cases to 75, of which 57 died.

The official said the boy from Tangerang, West Java, who has had contact with fowls, was hospitalised in Jakarta after suffering from bird-flu-like symptoms on 1 January.

Experts have warned the international community of the risks of the disease should Indonesia fail to prevent the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus (bird flu) from spreading.

This is Indonesia's first case of the virus in almost two months.

Related links: 

World Health Organization - Indonesia


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