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November 28, 2005

Indonesia awaits WHO test results on possible 13th bird flu patient

Thanks to the reader who sent the link to a story on Yahoo! News about a possible 13th bird flu patient in Indonesia.

The story has a sting at the end:

Should the WHO tests come back positive, the 25-year-old woman would be the country's 13th confirmed bird flu case.

The latest confirmed case was that of a 16-year-old boy admitted to a state hospital in West Java's provincial capital Bandung on November 15.

Local radio reported that health officials on Sunday took blood and mucus samples from 24 of the boy's relatives and neighbours.

Two of his brothers, showing symptoms associated with bird flu, died of as yet undetermined causes a few weeks before he was taken to hospital, the report said.

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This story from AsiaNewsNet offers more details on the 16-year-old, but doesn't mention his brothers.

Posted by dymaxion at November 28, 2005 01:32 PM

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