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Indonesia reports new case of bird flu JAKARTA - Indonesia reported another suspected case of bird flu on Wednesday as World Health Organization officials visited markets in the teeming capital to try to find ways to contain the virus. The 22-year-old market vendor from south Jakarta was being treated in the capital's infectious disease hospital, said senior health official Hariadi Wibisono. Details of his condition was not released.

Local tests confirmed he had contracted bird flu, but blood and swab samples from the man had been sent to World Health Organization (WHO) sanctioned-laboratory in Hong Kong for further confirmation, said Wibisono. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed hundreds of millions of chickens and ducks since it started ravaging poultry stocks across Asia in 2003, also jumping to humans and killing at least 82 people in Asia and in Turkey.

Almost all the deaths have been linked to contact with infected poultry. Meanwhile, WHO officials on Wednesday visited markets in Indonesia's capital to try to find ways to contain the bird fluvirus. Peter Karim Ben Embarek, from WHO's headquarters in Geneva, stressed the need to improve hygiene at markets in order to reduce exposure of the virus to humans. He also recommended improved crowd management and separating species of animals."We want to make the life of (the) bird flu virus moredifficult," said Alexander von Hildebrand, WHO's regional adviser, after the team toured a live bird market in East Jakarta that was packed with chickens, ducks, bats and doves.

A health analyst said earlier that extensive government decentralization in Indonesia was hampering the country's fight against infectious diseases. Bob Bernstein, a U.S. physician and public health expert for Singapore Health Services, said long-standing health care problems of the archipelago were made worse by devolution of power since 2001. "Now you have 400 plus autonomous district and municipal health departments which are attempting to undertake autonomous authority over their health sector resources, but without sufficient capacity in terms of laboratory or field epidemiology," Bernstein said.


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Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 January 2006 18:34 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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