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Sick Indonesian man has bird flu - health ministry
January 22, 2008 / 9:21 AM / 10 years ago

Sick Indonesian man has bird flu - health ministry

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 30-year-old Indonesian man being treated in a hospital in the capital has tested positive for bird flu, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

The man, from Tangerang west of Jakarta, was admitted to the Persahabatan hospital suffering from a fever, breathing difficulty and pneumonia, the ministry said in a statement sent by email.

It was not immediately known how the man contracted the disease.

Indonesia has had the most deaths from bird flu of any country and the new case brings the number who have tested positive for the disease in the Southeast Asian country to 120. Out of this total, there have been 97 deaths

Contact with sick fowl is the most common way of contracting bird flu, endemic in bird populations in most of Indonesia.

Although bird flu remains an animal disease, experts fear the virus could mutate into a form easily passed from human to human and kill millions.

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