A government official says four Indonesians have died of bird flu, bringing the death toll in the country hardest hit by the disease to 119, according to an article on www.GulfNews.com.

Bayu Krisnamurthi, chief of the National Bird Flu Commission, said on March 3 that the victims died in January and February and were all believed to have been infected by sick chickens.


Indonesia has been most affected by bird flu since it started ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003, accounting for nearly half the 256 human fatalities tallied worldwide.

Krisnamurthi would only say of the latest deaths that two were brothers from Bogor and the others died in Surabaya and Bekasi, all cities on the island of Java in Indonesia.