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September 17, 2007

Indonesian man dies of bird flu

Via the International Herald Tribune: Indonesian man dies of bird flu, raising global death toll to 200. Excerpt:

An Indonesian man died of bird flu after slaughtering an infected chicken, a local health official said Thursday, lifting the number of people killed by the virus worldwide to 200.

The 33-year-old plantation worker from Sumatra province had been hospitalized for almost 10 days with a high fever, coughing and breathing difficulties.

It looked as if he was going to recover, but his condition suddenly deteriorated and he died Thursday, said Arman Zubair, an official at the Health Ministry's monitoring post for bird flu.

Tests confirmed he had the virulent H5N1 strain of the illness.

Before the death of the Sumatra man, who was apparently preparing the infected chicken for a meal, 199 people had died out of 327 known infections worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Posted by dymaxion at September 17, 2007 10:39 PM

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