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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 February 2007, 08:17 GMT
Bird flu virus kills Indonesian
Poultry cull outside Jakarta on 11 January 2007
Keeping poultry in backyards is a way of life in Indonesia
A 20-year-old woman in Indonesia who tested positive for bird flu has died, becoming the country's 64th human victim, a health official said.

The woman had a history of contact with infected chickens, officials said.

She died on Sunday in West Java province, a day after being diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of the virus.

Since Indonesia's first human case was discovered in 2005, 84 people have contracted the virus and 64 have died - the highest human toll in the world.

Two of the woman's neighbours are also in hospital showing symptoms of the virus.

The H5N1 virus does not pose a large-scale threat to humans as it cannot pass easily from one person to another.

But experts fear the virus could mutate at some point in the future and trigger a flu pandemic, potentially putting millions of human lives at risk.


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