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February 22, 2006

Twenty-six Indonesian provinces are H5N1 positive

Via Xinhuanet: 26 Indonesian provinces hit by bird flu.

The Indonesian government said Tuesday the avian influenza has attacked 26 out of 31 provinces across the country with the rain season accelerating the outbreak.

Syamsul Bahri, director of veterinary with the Ministry of Agriculture, said in Central Java province bird flu outbreak spread very quickly from one area to another, with total 161 regencies and towns reporting the outbreak.

"In the past, bird flu case was reported every three months. But now we heard such a case every three days. The spreading is both very quick and very dangerous," he was quoted by Detikcom news website as saying.

He said the rain season helped accelerate the virus spreading.

The virus has killed hundreds of thousands of chickens in the country, he said.

Earlier in the day, Minister of Health Siti Fadillah Supari said Indonesia had the highest human mortality rate in bird flu cases, given that 19 of 27 bird flu patients died.

est death, reported just below, that appears to be 20 out of 27 cases, for a mortality rate of 74 percent.

Posted by dymaxion at February 22, 2006 12:48 PM

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