Bird Flu Spreads in Indonesia and China

Posted on December 6, 2005

Bird flu is spreading in Indonesia, China and Romania. A UPI news story reports that in Jakarta bird flu has "spread all over the city."
Following United Press International's report Friday that Thai doctors were expressing concern H5N1 may have achieved human-to-human transmission, some Indonesian doctors came out in agreement.

"There are just too many people who have it," a health official in Jakarta said. "In many cases, it is difficult to establish any contact with birds."

Another was quoted by WorldNetDaily as saying avian flu has "spread all over the city."
The BBC reports that China has recorded its fourth case of Bird Flu in a ten-year-old girl.
Two female farmers from eastern Anhui province died from the deadly strain in November. A young boy from central Henan also caught it but recovered.

The H5N1 virus has killed nearly 70 people in South-East Asia since the outbreak began in 2003.

The girl at the centre of China's latest case has been suffering from a fever and pneumonia since 23 November and has been undergoing emergency treatment, state media report.
Meanwhile, an article in the Daily Yomiuri tries the answer the question: Is Japan ready for the Bird Flu? Is any country really ready?

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