RadioBDC Logo
Glory and Gore | Lorde Listen Live
THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Bird flu kills 12-year-old Indonesian boy on Bali

February 25, 2012
Text size +
  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

BALI, Indonesia—A 12-year-old boy has died of bird flu on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, bringing the human death toll in the country worst hit by the illness to 154 since 2005, a health official said.

Rita Kusriastuti, an official at Indonesia's health ministry, said Saturday that the boy died Tuesday after suffering high fever and breathing difficulties for more than a week. Tests showed the boy was infected with the H5N1 virus.

The boy is suspected to have had indirect contact with poultry, Kusriastuti said. He was the fourth person to die of bird flu in Indonesia this year.

Statistics show that while avian influenza is still active in Indonesia, the number of cases is on the decline. Last year saw nine fatalities, the lowest number of human deaths from bird flu in Indonesia since 2005.

Bird flu has killed at least 347 people worldwide since it began ravaging poultry stocks in 2003. Indonesia is the worst-affected country, with 185 confirmed infections.

(This version corrects that the boy is suspected to have had indirect contact with poultry, not direct contact.)

  • E-mail
  • E-mail this article

    Invalid E-mail address
    Invalid E-mail address

    Sending your article

    Your article has been sent.

Health & Wellness video


Weekly video series | Be Well, Boston
Alarms in hospitals

Alarms in hospitals

Boston Globe reporters Stephen Smith and Liz Kowalczyk discuss the issue of alarm fatigue in hospitals in this edition of Be Well, Boston.

Be Well Boston on Twitter

    waiting for twitterWaiting for twitter.com to feed in the latest...