Bali Boy Dies From Bird Flu
Made Arya Kencana
Denpasar. An eight-year-old boy died from bird flu in a Bali hospital on Tuesday night.
The boy, Ni Putu Purnami, was in critical condition when he was transferred from Bangli Hospital to Sanglah Hospital on Tuesday afternoon and he was immediately isolated.
“Clinically, and supported by the VCR (Visual Convention Reaction) laboratory result, the victim was positively infected with the H5N1 virus,” said Sanglah Hospital spokesman Ida Bagus Ken Wirasandi on Wednesday.
Putu died at 10:15 p.m. after four hours at the hospital.
Ken said Putu’s family told him the victim was in contact with dead poultry two months ago.
The Bali Health Agency head Ketut Suarjaya said that seven people on Bali have died since the virus first reached the island in 2007.
“In 2011, 46 patients were suspected to have of avian flu [in Bali],” Suarjaya said.