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Jakarta Post

Toddler died from bird flu: Health Ministry

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, January 20 2012   /  11:26 am

A toddler whose brother died of bird flu while being taken to hospital earlier this month become the country’s second casualty of the deadly virus this year.

ASR, 5, from Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, died on Monday after receiving treatment at the Persahabatan hospital in East Jakarta since Jan. 10, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

The ministry’s research center said that it was confirmed on Jan. 13 that she had been infected with H5N1, after testing negative several times.

“In the earlier examinations, the bird flu was not detected. It appeared after we conducted several tests,” said Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the ministry’s disease control and environmental health chief.

Tjandra said that her condition deteriorated quickly before her death.

“Previously, she had shown good physical improvement. That’s why we took her out of th...