Now the Jakarta Post has finally reported on the family cluster in Tanah Karo: Fifth member of a family dies of bird flu, local tests find.
A fifth member of an Indonesian family has died of bird flu, according to local tests, a senior medical official said Sunday.
The five are part of a large family in Tanah Karo village on Sumatra island in which eight people are suspected to have contracted the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus.
Four died from the disease earlier this past week, according to local tests, and a fifth was confirmed on Sunday, said Nyoman Kandun, head of the Health Ministry's office of communicable disease control.
He said doctors currently could not reveal the gender of the fifth fatality.
"We are still in the meeting discussing this matter," he said.
And here's the story from Antara news agency.
As my previous post notes, confusion over these cases is a serious problem. No one seems able to provide reliable numbers, at least in English-language media. Meanwhile Henry Niman at Recombinomics is offering machine translations of news reports about a Tanah Karo health-care worker with suspicious symptoms, and still more suspected cases in Jakarta itself.