Woman's death raises Indonesian H5N1 toll to 92

Dec 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia's health ministry today announced that a 28-year-old woman who lived near Jakarta died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza.

The woman died in an avian flu clinic in Jakarta, Joko Suyono, a health ministry spokesman, told the Associated Press. He said two laboratory tests confirmed that she had the lethal H5N1 virus. If her death is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the woman will be listed as Indonesia's 114th case-patient and its 92nd death from the disease.

The woman, who was from Tangerang, just west of Jakarta, fell sick on Dec 4, was hospitalized 4 days later, and died after 2 days of treatment, according to a report today by Xinhua, China's state news agency.

She sold ornamental plants and used fertilizer made from chicken feces and plant material, Suyono told Xinhua. Also, she worked near chicken farms, he said.

Indonesia has been the country hardest hit by human H5N1 cases, and animal-health officials have said the virus is endemic among the country's poultry.

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