Indonesian toddler dies of bird flu

Last Updated: Wed, 2 May 2012 19:00:00 +1000

Indonesian health officials say a two-year-old boy has died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll this year to seven.

The Health Ministry says the toddler, from the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island, developed a fever two weeks ago.

He was taken to hospital but his condition deteriorated.

The ministry says it's believed the toddler contracted the virus through contact with poultry products as his parents sold quail eggs for a living.

Indonesia is the nation hardest-hit by bird flu, with 156 deaths reported since 2003.

The virus typically spreads from birds to humans through direct contact, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmissible between humans.

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