JAKARTA - Indonesia says preliminary tests show a 35-year-old man has died of the H5N1 virus of bird flu, the country's health ministry said on Monday. The results had still to be confirmed by a Hong Kong laboratory affiliated with the World Health Organization. If confirmed, the man would be the eighth person known to have died of bird flu in Indonesia. Two other bird flu deaths were reported earlier in the week.
There have been four positive cases where patients survived. The ministry's director general of disease control, Nyoman Kandun, told Reuters news agency on Sunday that it wasn't clear whether the man in the latest suspected victim had contact with dead chickens. The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain is endemic in poultry in parts of Asia, where it has killed more than 60 people and led to the cull of millions of birds.