Political heavyweights talk bird flu
Bird flu will be high on the agenda when US President
George W Bush talks with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
later this month.
Indonesian Presidential spokesperson Dino Pati Djalal said that President
Bush will arrive in Bogor, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta, after his visit
to Hanoi and Singapore.
is reportedly an issue of concern for the Indonesian President,
who is worried about the number of victims of the disease in Indonesia.
The United States promised to assist Indonesia with tens of millions of
dollars to help prevent avian influenza from spreading in the vast archipelago
country, where bird flu has been discovered in 30 of 33 provinces. But Indonesia
says the pledge has not yet been realised.
International experts are concerned that the disease continues to be found
in Indonesia. One such commentator is United Nations bird flu expert Dr David
Nabarro, who recently said AI
could be a problem for the next decade
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