JAKARTA - An eight-month-old baby is the latest patient to test positive for bird flu in Indonesia. Doctors believe the baby may have caught the disease from an infected pigeon. A spokesman at the Sulianti Soroso hospital says preliminary tests, yet to be confirmed by the World Health Organisation in Hong Kong, show that the child is suffering from the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
Our correspondent in Indonesia, Peter Cave, says the infant was put into an isolation ward at the designated bird flu centre on Sunday, five days after contracting a high fever at his home in North Jakarta. Six other patients are undergoing tests at the hospital. While the official death toll from bird flu in Indonesia stands at eight, some experts believe that because of poor surveillance and reporting the number has been underestimated.