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June 05, 2006

Local tests negative for Indonesian nurse

Thanks to the reader who sent the link to this Jakarta Post story: Local tests negative for Indonesian nurse who treated bird flu patients.

Local tests have come back negative for an Indonesian nurse who fell ill after treating two siblings infected with bird flu, amid a surge in deaths from the virus.

"Thank God, the result came back negative," Hariadi Wibisono, a senior Health Ministry official said on Sunday.

He said specimens would be sent to a World Health Organization-approved laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation.

The 25-year-old nurse was isolated and given the antiviral drug Tamiflu when she developed a fever and other flu-like symptoms. She fell ill about 10 days after treating a 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother from West Java province, who died hours apart last month of bird flu.

She is improving and will likely be released this week after finishing the full course of Tamiflu, said Dr. Hadi Jusuf of Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, where the nurse is being treated.

uraging news. Let's hope Hong Kong confirms the negative test.

Posted by dymaxion at June 5, 2006 10:40 PM

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