More avian flu suspected near site of Indonesian cluster case
Seven people, inlcuding three children, are being treated for suspected
H5N1 avian influenza infection in the Karo district of North Sumatra in
Indonesia, near where the largest human cluster case occurred in May. This was
where limited human-to-human transmission was documented in an extended
Tests have not yet confirmed the H5N1 infection, but the patients are being
treated as if they have the disease.
Indonesian health officials said the suspected cases fall into two clusters,
one involving two sisters and the other consisting of three family members and
two of their neighbours.
Two sisters aged ten and six and an 18-month-old boy who is their neighbour
are believed to have been infected by diseased chickens.
Indonesia has reported the most human fatalities this year as authorities
struggle to control the avian
influenza virus in poultry in about 80 percent of the nation's 33
Indonesia's official avian flu toll is 54 cases with 42 deaths, which ties it
with Vietnam for the most deaths. All of Indonesia's human H5N1 cases have
occurred since mid-2005.
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