JAKARTA - Indonesia Wednesday announced the possible emergence of eight cases of avian-influenza infection in humans. Following an outbreak in poultry, eight people on Indonesia`s Sulawesi Island have been tested for avian-influenza infection, but results have not yet been confirmed. Indonesian health officials were quick to stress that the tests were not a cause for concern.
'There are a lot of outbreaks in birds around the country,' World Health Organization representative in Indonesia, Georg Petersen, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying.
'As long as we have a situation where the virus is endemic in the bird population, we will expect to see cases. Every human case is another opportunity for the development of a new virus.'
Jakarta's Sulianti Saroso hospital is currently treating four confirmed cases of avian-influenza infection. Four suspected cases were released last week after additional tests showed they were not infected with H5N1.