Australian vets will help Indonesia's AI teams
Australian vets will work with Indonesian authorities
in a two-year project aimed at ensuring that Indonesia's laboratory network can
rapidly diagnose bird flu.
international development agency contributed A$1.6
million (US$1.2 million) for the project, the government said in a statement.
More than a third of the 152 human H5N1 fatalities recorded globally the
past three years have occurred in Indonesia, where the virus has been found in
fowl in 30 out of 33 provinces.
â€œThe number of human cases is increasing and there is a small but real
possibility that the virus could mutate allowing human-to-human transmission,
thereby potentially leading to the world's next major influenza pandemic,''
Peter Daniels, assistant director at the government laboratory, said in the
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