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February 13, 2006

Another death in Jakarta

Channel Newsasia reports another Indonesian has died of bird flu.

A 27-year-old Indonesian woman who tested positive for bird flu has died, hospital staff [said] Saturday.

The woman died late Friday after being on a ventilator since Tuesday, said Ilham Patu, the spokesman of Jakarta's Sulianti Saroso hospital where the patient had been treated.

Tests conducted by the health ministry, which are normally accurate, showed that the woman had bird flu.

On Thursday a 22-year-old woman died after local tests showed she had the virus.

Samples from the two women have been sent to a Hong Kong laboratory accredited by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for confirmation.

If confirmed, they would be Indonesia's 17th and 18th fatalities from the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2006 12:21 PM

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