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Bird flu death in Indonesia

16th August 2007

An Indonesian girl has died of bird flu, taking the country's death toll from the virus to 83. 

The 17-year-old maid from Tangerang west of Jakarta died after falling ill with a high fever. The most common way for humans to become infected with the H5N1 virus is through contact with sick fowl, but officials were still investigating how she contracted the disease. "She suffered from high fever and breathing difficulties," ministry official Muhammad Nadirin said.

The victim's employer told hospital director Maruzzaman Naim that the girl, who came from Cilacap in Central Java, had only been working for three months in the area.


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