Saturday, January 12, 2008

UN: Indonesia records 117th human case of bird flu

GENEVA (AP): Indonesia has recorded another human case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, raising its world-leading total to 117 cases, according to the World Health Organization.

The agency said Friday night that the Indonesian Health Ministry had reported that a 16-year-old girl from West Java Province has been hospitalized since Jan. 4 with symptoms of the disease. It said the strain had been confirmed as H5N1.

WHO said investigations found that there had been a number of chickens dying in the girl’s neighborhood in the two weeks before she came down with symptoms, suggesting the case followed the pattern of infection when humans have been in close contact with infected poultry.

Bird flu story source: Jakarta Post (Indonesian news service)

Posted by john T. on 01/12 at 01:06 PM
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