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September 26, 2005

FAO: Avian flu endemic in Indonesia

The US Department of State reports that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has declared Bird Flu Endemic in Indonesia.

Everyone has been soft-pedalling the implications of H5N1 in Indonesia. I presume that's because the implications of an unstable Indonesia don't bear thinking about. Even if the flu doesn't break out into human-to-human form there, the country's going to take a heavy economic hit. Trade and tourism will weaken, riots will break out over poultry culls (or the lack of them), and every social tension in a volatile society will worsen. Outright H2H avian flu will blow the lid off altogether.

So if the US State Department is now aiding FAO in calling H5N1 "endemic" to Indonesia, it looks as if Indonesia's quarter-billion people are being left to dangle in the wind.

Posted by dymaxion at September 26, 2005 06:21 PM

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