INTRO: Indonesian woman suspected to have bird flu dies in Bali.  An Indonesian woman showing symptoms of bird flu has died on the resort island of Bali, where the H5N1 virus has already killed two women in the past two weeks, health officials said on Sunday (August 26).

STORY: The 42-year-old woman, who died on Saturday (August 25) at Bali's main hospital had a high fever and inflammation of the lungs and was first diagnosed with pneumonia, said the head of the hospital's bird flu ward.

It was not known if the woman had any contact with sick birds. An official at the bird flu information centre in Jakarta said that the centre is waiting to receive samples to test for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

On Sunday (August 26) Health officials in Bali province sprayed disinfectant in bird cages and chicken coops in the neighbourhood of the woman's house.

Indonesia has had 105 confirmed human cases from bird flu, of which 84 have proved fatal. Bali had not suffered any human fatalities from the disease until this month, when two women died in separate locations.

Officials, who fear the human bird flu outbreak in Bali could hit tourism, have ordered the culling of thousands of chickens and introduced a ban on transporting fowl. Many restaurants have also removed poultry dishes from their menus.

The tourism industry in Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in mostly Muslim Indonesia, is starting to recover after suicide bombers killed more than 200 people in late 2002, and another 20 people in October 2005.

The island regularly hosts large international conventions and is due to hold an important U.N. climate change conference in December which about 10,000 people are expected to attend.

A provincial health department official, Ketut Subrata, told reporters that a team would be sent to the neighbourhood where the woman lived for further investigation. Contact with sick fowl is the most common way for humans to contract the disease.






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