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October 05, 2005

Indonesia finds H5N1 infected but healthy chickens

Is this good news or bad news from the Jakarta Post? Indonesia finds H5N1 infected but healthy chickens.

Hong Kong's Health Minister York Chow said authorities in Indonesia had found infected chickens which were asymptomatic of the virus.

"As the virus may have spread so widely (in Indonesia), chickens have now become hosts," Chow told reporters in Hong Kong on Wednesday. He did not give other details.

"We are worried that if there are infected chickens which don't show any symptoms, then if we are in close contact with them, the chances of humans getting infected will be higher."

uestion is whether asymptomatic carriers can spread a strain of the virus that's still deadly to other birds and to humans. Or does this mean at least one strain of H5N1 is learning to live with its hosts without sickening them?

Posted by dymaxion at October 5, 2005 09:42 PM

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