While The Indonesian Government led by Siti Fadilah Supari, the Indonesian Health Minister is endlessly haggling with the world community for its “biological assets” ( the tissue samples from its citizens who have died of the Bird-Flu) the deadly virus keeps on adding to its toll of human fatalities in that unfortunate country.
Siti Fadilah Supari
Indonesian Health Minister
Now there is yet another report of a death resulting from the H5N1 virus, this time from near Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
A 17-year-old Indonesian teenager identified only as L U, died of the Bird-Flu virus on Tuesday in Tangerang, a satellite city west of the capital, Jakarta.
The girl, identified only by the initials LU, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Tangerang, Banten province, after developing flu-like symptoms, said Joko Suyanto, an official at the Indonesian Health Ministry’s Bird Flu Information Centre.
“It is not clear yet whether she had been in contact with chickens,” he said. “Our team is now in the field finding out.”
Suyanto said the girl began showing symptoms of bird flu on August 3, five days before she was admitted to the hospital. Her condition continued to deteriorate and she died on Tuesday.
The World Health Organization (WHO), in a statement confirming the case, reported the girl got sick on Aug 9, was hospitalized Aug 13, and died a day later.
She was from Tangerang, 12 miles west of Jakarta, in Banten province.
The victim’s employer told hospital director Maruzzaman Naim that the girl had only been working for three months in the area.
Officials were still investigating how she came in contact with sick fowl.
The death is the “second confirmed from avian influenza” in less than a week in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation. A 29-year-old woman also died of the virus at the weekend on the resort island of Bali.
We believe this Bird-Flu fatality to be the THIRD and not the SECOND in Indonesia, in less than a week however.
This is because the infant daughter of the victim in Bali, who had died of the same symptoms but was cremated before tests could be performed to confirm the virus.
“The 29-year-old woman from Bali was confirmed as dying from the virus, while her five-year-old daughter who died early this month was assumed to have also been infected with it, a health official said. The infant was cremated before samples could be taken for testing to detect H5N1.”
Indonesia has now reported 105 confirmed bird flu cases, with 84 deaths.
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