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Children die of bird flu in Bali

2011-10-10 13:44

Denpasar - Two children have died of bird flu on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, hospital staff said on Monday.

Wayan Aldiawan, 10, and his 5-year-old sister Nengah Rika Ani died on Sunday after being treated for two days, Sanglah hospital official Elzarita Arbain said.

"Throat swabs and blood samples came back positive for H5N1," he said, referring to the deadliest strain of bird flu.

The chief of the hospital's bird flu ward, Ken Wirasandi, said the children had contact with dead fowl in their neighbourhood in Bangli district.

Before the latest cases, two people died of bird flu in Bali between 2007-08.

According to the World Health Organisation, Indonesia has had 146 human deaths from bird flu, the highest in the world.