Indonesian Woman dies of suspected bird flu

(Aug 18, 2006) An Indonesian woman died of suspected bird flu in a village that has been hard hit by the disease, a hospital official said Friday, as health workers investigated a new possible cluster of the H5N1 virus.

Euis Lina died Thursday night - three hours after being admitted to Dr. Slamet Hospital in West Java province with symptoms of bird flu, said Yati Maryati, the hospital's director, who was awaiting laboratory test results to see if she had contracted the virus.

The woman was from Cikelet, a village 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital Jakarta, where at least one person was killed by the disease and another sickened. Four other people died before tests could be taken to see if they had birdflu.

The H5N1 virus has killed at least 140 people worldwide since it began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003 - 45 of them in Indonesia, the world's worst affected country, according to the World Health Organization. (from


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