Girl dies of bird flu in Indonesia

An eight-year-old girl from Karawang, West Java, Indonesia, has passed away in a Jakarta hospital after contracting deadly H5N1 bird flu, according to Indonesia's Health Ministry.

The girl carried a clutch of freshly killed chickens home from a Karawang market with her father on June 12. Six days later, the girl became ill on a trip to Singapore. By June 24, the sickness intensified and she was admitted to the Jakarta hospital with a high fever, nausea and a persistent cough, the Jakarta Globe reports.

The girl tested positive for the H5N1 virus on June 29 and her condition deteriorated until her death on July 3.

Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the director general of disease control and environmental health at the Health Ministry, said that it was likely the girl was infected during her trip to the Karawang market.

"She was in contact with (live) poultry," Tjandra said, according to the Jakarta Globe. "She went to the market with her father and sibling and bought five live animals. She chose to hold the chickens after they have been killed."

The girl was first diagnosed with laryngitis and pneumonia before being tested for the H5N1 virus.

Indonesia was hit hard by the epidemic of Asian bird flu in the mid-2000s. There have been 158 deaths as a result of H5N1 bird flu since 2005.