As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Bird flu kills 4-year-old boy in Indonesia; 160th death in world's hardest-hit country


Published December 17, 2012
Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia –  A 4-year-old Indonesian boy has died from bird flu, bringing the death toll to 160 in the world's hardest-hit country.

Health Ministry official Rita Kusriastuti said Tuesday that the boy died Dec. 6 in Tangerang city, just west of Jakarta, the capital. He developed symptoms of a cold and fever on Nov. 30 and was treated at a public health center before being hospitalized the same day he died.
Kusriastuti said the boy, from the West Java district of Bogor, was believed to have been infected with the H5N1 virus after having direct contact with dead fowl around his house.
Bird flu has killed at least 360 people worldwide since 2003. It remains hard for people to catch, but experts fear it could mutate into a more deadly form.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/17/bird-flu-kills-4-year-old-boy-in-indonesia-160th-death-in-world-hardest-hit/#ixzz2FPLGbvS6

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