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October 17, 2005

Indonesian dies of suspected bird flu

The Jakarta Post reports that another Indonesian dies of suspected bird flu.

"The man, Ramdani, died last night from severe pneumonia and kidney failure," said Ilham Patu, a spokesman for Jakarta's Sulianti Saroso hospital, where most suspected victims of the outbreak are being treated.

The 56-year-old Jakarta resident showed symptoms of bird flu after being admitted to the hospital on Monday but the results of his first tests were negative, Patu told AFP.

"He is classified as a suspect case. He has had contact with dead chickens in his house before he went into treatment," Patu said, adding that blood and mucous samples had been taken for further tests.

Ramdani's death brings to six the number of people who have died with suspected cases of the deadly H5N1 virus, but who are not officially listed as bird flu victims.

Posted by dymaxion at October 17, 2005 05:41 AM

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