Sunday, September 11, 2005

Another Indonesian bird flu case

One of the most puzzling clusters of bird flu to date is the middle class family of three in Indonesia, a father and two young children, who died in July of the disease with no evident connection to poultry or wild birds (see here, here, here, here, here and here). The virus is present in birds and swine in the country.

There is now a report that a 37 year old woman has died of bird flu and blood smaples have "tested positive" for the disease. The source is only given as "Indonesian health authorities."

Indonesia has a poultry vaccination campaign for bird flu but has not been vigorous in culling birds when infection appears. We await further information about this fourth Indonesian case.