February 25, 2006

Indonesia says 20th human bird flu death confirmed

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Bird flu has killed its 20th human
victim in Indonesia, a 27-year-old woman, according to tests by
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta,
an Indonesian health ministry official said on Saturday.

"We have received the test result from CDC Atlanta. Yulia
(the victim) was positive," said Hariadi Wibisono,
director-general of control of animal-borne disease at the
health ministry.

He was referring to the case of a 27-year-old woman who
died last Monday after being admitted to the Sulianti Saroso
hospital in Jakarta, which is designated to treat patients
showing bird flu symptoms.

Local tests are not considered definitive. The CDC
laboratory tests are among those recognized by the World Health

A hospital spokesman had said the woman had contact with
dead chickens in her neighborhood.

The announcement came a day after Indonesia launched
house-to-house surveillance of poultry in the capital, Jakarta,
in a bid to halt the spread of the avian flu.