SOLO - Indonesia announced today that a 5-year-old girl died of H5N1 avian influenza. Joko Suyono of the Indonesian health ministry's avian flu center said the young girl died on May 17, according to a Xinhua news report today. She was taken to a doctor on May 8 and was hospitalized May 15 in Solo, Central Java, the report said.
The girl reportedly had contact with infected birds, health ministry official Muhammad Nadhirin told the Associated Press today. About 20 birds had recently died near her home, the AP report said. If her case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will be listed as Indonesia's 97th case-patient and 77th fatality. Indonesia leads the world in the number of human H5N1 cases and deaths.