Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Indonesian girl tests positive for bird flu

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 14-year-old girl from West Jakarta whose mother was hospitalized with bird flu last month, has also tested positive, a health ministry official said on Wednesday, bringing Indonesia’s total confirmed cases to 127.

“We can say it is a cluster in a family but it is not a human-to-human case because they may have contracted the virus from the same source,” said Lily Sulistyowati, the ministry’s spokeswoman, adding that the mother’s condition had since improved.

She said the teenager started to become sick a week after visiting her grandmother, who sells poultry. The girl’s mother had also visited the grandmother.

“Some of the chickens and water fowl at her grandmother’s house died suddenly, but her grandmother is fine,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.

Avian flu story source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 02/13 at 01:43 PM
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