Girl, 8, dies of bird flu in Indonesia
Friday 06 July 2012
An eight-year-old girl has died of bird flu in Indonesia - the country's eighth death from the disease this year.
The health ministry said the girl, from the West Java district of Karawang, died on Tuesday in a Jakarta hospital which had been treating her since 28 June.
She first developed a fever on 18 June, one day before going on holiday to Singapore, where a doctor diagnosed her with laryngitis, the ministry said on its website.
She returned five days later and was treated at a Karawang hospital before being transferred to Jakarta.
The ministry says the girl might have had contact with slaughtered chickens she and her father bought from a local market.
Bird flu has killed more than 350 people worldwide. Indonesia accounts for 158 of the deaths.
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