JAKARTA - Bird flu has again claimed a victim in Indonesia; a 29-year old woman from Pekanbaru in the Riau province, died from the virus on 3 May. She was brought to a hospital on 1 May suffering from fever and respiratory problems, but died only two days later. According to the Health Ministry, two laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the H5N1 virus, but the source of the infection is still unknown.
Officials say there was no poultry in her neighborhood in Pekanbaru. An investigation is now underway. Almost all cases of bird flu to date can be traced back to contact with infected birds of poultry and the disease remains quite difficult to contract. However the virus is endemic in poultry in most parts of Indonesia. Millions of people keep chickens or other birds in their back yards.