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Three-Year-Old Boy Dies of Bird Flu / Avian Influenza, Says Indonesia Health Ministry

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JAKARTA, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesia Health Ministry said Wednesday a three-year-old Indonesian boy died of avian influenza, bringing the total fatality to 108 out of 133 cases in the country.

Nyoman Kandun, director-general of the Communicable Disease Control of the Health Ministry, told Xinhua on telephone from Bali Island that the boy, who was from Central Java province of the most populated Java island, died of avian influenza on April 23 after suffering from respiratory problems.


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Companion birds in captivity and parrots are highly unlikely to contract the virus, and there has been no report of a companion bird with avian influenza since 2003. Pigeons do not contract or spread the virus. 84% of affected bird populations are composed of chicken and farm birds, while the 15% is madeup of wild birds according to capture-and-release operations in the 2000s, during the SARs pandemic. The first deadly Canadian case was confirmed on January 3, 2014.

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