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Child Dies of Bird Flu in Bali

12-Year-Old Child Dies of Bird Flu at Baliís Sanglah General Hospital

(2/23/2012) Radar Bali reports the death of a 12-year-old child from South Bali due to Bird Flu. The child, identified only with the initials WM, died in the isolation ward of Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

The child was transferred to the Bird Flu Unit at Sanglah Hospital only 5 hours prior to its death after being warded for five days at the Puri Raharja Hospital, also in Denpasar.

Dr. Ken Wirasandshi, the head of the Bird Flu Team at Sanglah Hospital, said the child was suffering from respiratory distress with laboratory tests showing the virus for Avian influenza.

The child’s parents, however, deny any contact with poultry prior to the onset of the disease. Initially misdiagnosed, the child was admitted to the Puri Raharja Hospital with a for typhus.