Monday, November 28, 2005

News - Indonesia Reports New Human Bird Flu Infection

Indonesia reported a new human bird flu infection on Saturday, and Taiwan joined other Asian governments in announcing it wanted to produce the anti-viral drug Tamiflu to treat human infections.

The Indonesia announcement came a day after the health minister said her country will begin producing and stockpiling Tamiflu because of fears of a human epidemic, the Associated Press reported.

On Friday, the country had also announced outbreaks of bird flu in poultry throughout the capital, Jakarta. And authorities destroyed 400 fowl in an area of Jakarta near the home of a young girl who died from the disease. So far, avian flu has been spotted in 23 of Indonesia's 30 provinces and has killed seven people.

ABC News: Health?Highlights: Nov.?26,?2005

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