AI-endemic regions in Indonesia halved
According to an Indonesian health official, the number
of Indonesian provinces where bird flu is endemic has nearly halved in the past
The whole of densely populated Java, however, remains affected.
While it is widely known that 30 of Indonesia's 33 provinces have reported
outbreaks of avian
, 14 of these have reported no new cases in the past six months,
and 21 of the total have never had a human infection.
Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of the Indonesian national committee on avian
influenza control and pandemic influenza preparedness said, â€œWe are always
striving against the problem, of course big challenges remain in provinces that
are not free [of bird flu] especially those with a high density ratio of
population and fowl.â€
Bird flu has now killed 151 people in nine countries since 2003, according
to figures from the World Health Organisation
fear the virus could mutate into a form that can be passed easily between
people, leading to a possible human pandemic which could kill millions.
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