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Bekasi girl tests positive for bird flu-official JAKARTA - A 6-year-old girl being treated in hospital tested positive for bird flu on Tuesday, a government official said, as the World Health Organisation ruled out human transmission in a village with a series of confirmed and suspected bird flu cases. The girl from Bekasi, an eastern suburb of Jakarta, is the 60th case of avian influenza in Indonesia, 46 of which have been fatal.

"The girl is still alive and receiving treatment in hospital. She is getting better," I Nyoman Kandun, director general of communicable disease control, told reporters. Indonesia has seen a steady rise in human bird flu deaths this year and the virus is endemic in poultry in nearly all of the provinces of the sprawling archipelago. Fears of a possible new cluster arose after a 35-year-old woman from the West Javan village of Cikelet who died was confirmed to have been infected by bird flu.

Her 9-year-old daughter died a week before after showing signs of bird flu, although no samples were taken for testing. They are among 18 people in the area being investigated for suspected bird flu. One of them, a 9-year-old girl, died last week while a 17-year-old youth with is infected with the H5N1 virus, but has stayed at home after refusing to be hospitalised.

"Though some of these undiagnosed deaths occurred in family members of confirmed cases, the investigation has found no evidence of human-to-human transmission and no evidence that the virus is spreading more easily from birds to humans," the WHO said in a statement. Bird flu remains essentially an animal disease, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that can be passes easily among humans.


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