|Bird flu deaths hit 52 after man dies in Bandung |
Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung
A 20-year-old man hospitalized here over the past week for infection with the deadly bird flu virus died Thursday, raising the nationwide death toll to 52, or roughly a third of the total deaths worldwide.
"The virus crushed his lungs and caused the creation of progressive pneumonia which led to breathing problems," Cissy Rachiana Prawira, director of Hasan Sadikin Hospital, said.
The government confirmed the 20-year-old was positive for H5N1 earlier this week. The man's 23-year-old brother died with bird flu symptoms on Sunday just before being admitted to the hospital.
A third sibling, a 15-year-old female, is currently being treated at the same hospital even though she has been declared negative for the virus.
The younger brother was in critical condition since his admittance to the hospital Sunday from Santo Yusuf hospital in Bandung. Although he showed signs of improvement after he was put on a ventilator and administered high doses of Tamiflu, he remained in an unstable condition.