- JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- An Indonesian man died of the H5N1 strain
of bird flu after coming into contact with his neighbor's infected chickens,
a senior health official said Friday, citing local laboratory tests.
- A swab and blood sample from the 30-year-old
man have been sent to a World Health Organization-sanctioned laboratory
in Hong Kong for confirmation, said Hariadi Wibisono, a director at the
- If confirmed, the man's death will raise
Indonesia's human toll from H5N1 to 25, Wibisono said.
- At least 105 people have died worldwide
from the strain since it broke out in Asian poultry populations in late
2003. The virus has killed or forced the slaughter of more than 200 million
birds across Asia and spread to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.