JAKARTA - A 17-year old girl from Jakarta has died of bird flu, which takes the country's total death toll from the virus to 83. The girl's death comes just a few days after a 29-year-old woman living on Bali died from the disease. The girl died two days ago after falling ill with high fevers last week.
The normal way for humans to get infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus is through contact with sick or dead fowl. Officials are still investigating how she contacted the virus. Bird flu is now endemic in bird populations in most parts of Indonesia, where millions keep chickens in their back yards.