A 10-year-old boy suspected of having avian influenza died in the Central Java town of Surakarta on Saturday. The boy, a native of Boyolali regency, is reported to have contracted the disease through direct contact with affected chickens two weeks earlier.
The boy's hometown in Sanggrong village, Andong district, some 30 kilometers north of Surakarta city, is an area where avian influenza or bird flu is endemic. Thousands of chickens and birds reportedly have died there since the bird flu outbreak in 2004.
The boy was taken to Dr. Moewardi hospital for treatment Wednesday, the day when a 12-year-old girl who was suspected of having bird flu died at the same hospital. The girl, also a Boyolali native, died two days after her 10-year-old brother passed away after suffering from the same classic bird flu symptoms. None of the three have been confirmed as bird flu cases through laboratory tests.
From The Jakarta Post.