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Indonesian Woman Being Treated for Bird Flu

Washington State Bird Flu Pandemic PlanIndonesia’s health ministry says woman, 35, being treated for bird flu.
A 35-year-old bird flu patient was in ICU in an Indonesian hospital and has not died, as a senior Health Ministry official mistakenly said earlier.

Health Ministry official Nyoman Kandun apologized for the mix-up and said Indonesia’s death toll from the bird flu remains at 56. A spokesman for the Sulianti Saroso infectious diseases hospital also said the woman was alive.

A 2-year-old boy died Monday in the same hospital most likely from the bird flu. The World Health Organization has not confirmed that death.

The H5N1 virus (bird flu) has killed at least 153 people worldwide since it began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003, with well over a third of the human deaths in Indonesia, according to the WHO.

Most of those killed have been infected by domestic fowl, but WHO fears the bird flu virus

could mutate into a form that easily spreads among humans, sparking a pandemic with the potential to kill 30 - 40 million.

The government came under fire for moving slowly to stamp out the virus when it first appeared in chickens and ducks, but has worked hard in recent months to raise public awareness about the dangers of the bird flu virus.

Source: Jakarta

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