JAKARTA - A teenage girl has died of bird flu here, taking the death toll in Indonesia to 79, a health ministry official said. The 15-year-old died on Tuesday, four days after she was admitted to hospital on the island of Java, the official said.
She fell ill after handling and eating a dead chicken at her home in Kendal district in Central Java, said Muhammad Nadirin from the ministry's bird flu information centre. "Four out of six chickens at her house died suddenly on May 12. One of the dead chickens was cooked and eaten by the victim," Nadirin said.