Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Indonesian man tests positive for bird flu

JAKARTA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A Indonesian man from an area west of the capital has tested positive for bird flu and is being treated at a hospital in Jakarta, a health ministry official said on Wednesday.

Joko Suyono, an official at the health ministry’s bird flu centre, said the 47-year-old man from Tangerang kept ducks at his home and had recently travelled to the cities of Medan in Sumatra and Pandeglang in West Java.

“Two tests have confirmed that he suffered from H5N1 and the agriculture ministry has taken samples from the ducks and is still investigating where he may have contracted the virus,” Suyono said.

Mukhtar Ikhsan, an official at Jakarta’s Persahabatan hospital, said the man was being treated in an emergency unit and was on a respirator.

Source of bird flu story: Reuters

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