Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Indonesian woman tests positive for bird flu

Jakarta - A 37-year-old woman has tested positive for bird flu in Indonesia and is being treated in a hospital on the outskirts of the capital, a Health Ministry official said on Tuesday.

The case comes after a 14-year-old boy tested positive for bird flu at the weekend, the country’s first new infection in almost two months.

Joko Suyono, an official at the ministry’s bird flu center, told Reuters the woman from Serpong town in western Java had bought a live chicken and slaughtered it at her house, but it was unclear whether this was the cause of the infection.

He said the woman had been taken to a hospital in Tangerang, west of Jakarta, after she suffered high fever and breathing difficulties on January 1.

“The test results came last night and showed she is positive with bird flu,” Suyono said.

Source: Reuters

Posted by john T. on 01/09 at 07:59 PM
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