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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Indonesia : Bird Flu Tests Prove Negative, for Now

Via The Jakarta Globe :

" Four people suspected of suffering from avian influenza continue to be treated at West Nusa Tenggara General Hospital.

Preliminary tests performed in the provincial capital Mataram were negative for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, but doctors are waiting on further tests from Jakarta before giving the patients the all- clear.

Hospital director Mawardi Hamri said on Wednesday that three of the patients were recovering: 5-month-old Dian Sahwan, 11-month-old Muhammad Aditya and 53-year-old Inaq Sahnun.

“We are closely monitoring the condition of Sartika Komala [the fourth patient] because she is still exhibiting flu symptoms,” Mawadi said.

The visual convention reaction test conducted on the patients using DNA samples took six to 12 hours and showed negative results for avian influenza.

The patients are all from Central Lombok district and live within a kilometer of each other. Health authorities were quick to act, given that many birds and chickens had died suddenly in the area, Mawardi said."

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