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Indonesia: suspected bird flu death

In Indonesia, a 2-year old boy, who has been treated for a suspected case of bird flu, died in isolation in Pekanbaru, Riau, yesterday.

A member of the hospital's bird flu handling team said that the boy had trouble breathing and lost consciousness before dying. It was further reported that the boy's condition was relatively stable on Wednesday morning, but quickly deteriorated during the evening.

The child was admitted as a bird flu suspect last week Friday. Reports state, however, that the hospital has yet to announce whether the boy died of bird flu, as it is still waiting for the result of nasal and throat swab tests form the Health Ministry's laboratory in Jakarta.

Source:  The Jakarta Post

Natalie Berkhout

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