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Jakarta Post

Two children die of avian flu in Bali

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11 2011   /  09:29 am

Avian flu claimed its first human victims this year on Sunday night after two children from Jehem village, Bangli, passed away in Sanglah Central Hospital in Denpasar.

Five-year-old N.R. died at 8:20 p.m., while her 10-year-old brother, W.A., died at around midnight. The medical team has confirmed that the two children were infected with the avian flu virus based on the results of three tests at different labs.

The last recorded fatalities due to avian flu in Bali were in 2007, claiming the lives of two patients from Tabanan and Jembrana, data from the hospital showed.

From 2007 up to this month, the hospital has treated 58 patients suffering from avian flu.

IGB Ken Wirasandhi from the Sanglah Hospital’s avian flu treatment team said that the two children were referred from Bangli regional hospital with breathing difficulties.

“They were already in...