|Indonesia confirms new human bird flu case--WHO|
22 Sep 2005 17:31:17 GMT
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GENEVA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday announced a fresh case of human bird flu in Indonesia, an eight-year-old boy in Jakarta who remains hospitalised.
But the United Nations agency said in a statement that investigations involving several other patients were continuing, but there was no evidence that the H5N1 virus was spreading easily-from person-to-person in the populous country.
Bird flu has killed four people since July and 11 are under observation in the capital, according to Indonesian officials.
"The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has today (Thursday) confirmed a further human case of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza. The case, in an eight-year-old boy, was confirmed as positive for H5N1 infection by a WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong," the Geneva-based agency said.
The WHO said it was monitoring the situation in Indonesia closely but had not raised its current level of alert for a feared global human influenza pandemic which could kill millions.
"Given the experience of other H5N1 affected countries in Asia, the detection of further human cases in Indonesia or elsewhere would not be surprising," it added.
Bird flu has killed 64 people in Asia since late 2003 and has since been found in birds in Russia and Europe.