JAKARTA, Sept. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- A woman, who was suspected suffered from bird
flu, has died recently, the fourth such fatality in Indonesia, Director General
of Disease Control and Circumstance Health Improvement I Nyoman Kandun said here
"Whether or not her death was because of bird flu, we will waitbefore
confirming, as is standard, from a laboratory in Hong Kong where her blood
samples were sent to. The results would be known in about six days," Antara news
agency quoted Nyoman as saying.
The 37-year-old woman died at a private hospital in South Jakarta on
Saturday evening after being admitted there on Sept. 6 with what was thought to
be acute pneumonia, Nyoman said.
Minister of Health Siti Fadhilah Supari declined to give any statements to
reporters, promising to give a press conference on Monday.
An auditor and his two young daughters died in July in Tangerang district
just southwest of Jakarta. The government has said that infected chicken
droppings were the likely cause of those deaths.
Jakarta launched a massive vaccination drive against the disease, but has
been criticized for carrying out only a limited cull.
The World Health Organization requires that poultry within a radius of
three kilometers from any bird flu outbreak should be killed.
The virus has swept through poultry populations in large swathsof Asia since 2003, killing tens of millions of birds and 62 people, most of them in Vietnam and Thailand. Enditem