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Fifth death from bird flu confirmed JAKARTA - Indonesia's Health Ministry today confirmed the country's fifth human death from avian influenza after receiving test reports from the World Health Organization's laboratory in Hong Kong. It would be the 63rd such death reported in Asia since 2004.

"We have had a total of nine cases of bird flu infections in humans, five of whom have died,'' Hariadi Wibisono, a director at the ministry, said in a telephone interview in Jakarta. "The latest fatality is a 19-year-old woman who died on Oct. 28 in Tanggerang,'' near Jakarta.

The Hong Kong laboratory also confirmed another case, an 8- year-old boy, a relative of the dead woman, who is infected with the H5N1 virus, Wibisono said. The boy is currently hospitalized at the Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious disease in north Jakarta and is in "good condition'', he said. The dead woman and the boy "lived in the same house and got ill because of dead chickens in the house, but that doesn't mean the viruses have mutated and jumped,'' Wibisono said. "We need further tests on how the disease was transmitted.''

New suspected case

Indonesia will also send to Hong Kong the blood samples of a female nurse who had fallen sick after treating the dead woman, for testing, Wibisono said. The nurse, the latest suspected case of avian influenza, was admitted to the Sulianto Saroso hospital on Wednesday after suffering from high fever and cough. The tests of two children who were in the hospital with bird-flu symptoms came back negative, Wibisono said.

Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, confirmed its fourth human death from bird flu on Sept. 16, after the first fatalities were confirmed on July 20. The United Nations health agency has said the disease could cause a pandemic should become easily transmissible among humans.


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