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March 07, 2006

What's Happening to Bird Flu in Indonesia?

Over the past week, there have been six deaths in Indonesia that are believed to have been caused by the H5N1 virus. Yesterday, a four year old boy died while being transported to a hospital in Jakarta. He is just the most recent case. On Monday a 25 year old pregnant woman, also from Jakarta died. On Saturday, a ten year old boy died. A brother and sister, both children, died last Wednesday and a three year old died last Tuesday. If all of these deaths are confirmed to have been caused by there may be real cause for concern. It could mean that the disease has become form virulent, or may have mutated in such a way that people are more susceptible. Seven people are currently hospitalized in Indonesia and being treated for bird flu symptoms. As a sign of how little control the government feels it has, more than 200 government officials held a mass prayer ceremony today to ask for divine intervention to control the outbreak. The prayer was followed by a traditional Indonesian ceremony to ward off evil.Avian Flu has been detected in 26 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces.

Via PubSub: "h5n1"

Posted by dymaxion at March 7, 2006 10:28 PM

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