Indonesia confirms 12th human case of bird flu


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  • Saturday, 26 Nov 2005

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official said on Saturday. 

"We have received a laboratory test from Hong Kong and the results were positive," said Hariadi Wibisono, a senior official at the Health Ministry, adding the patient was being treated at a hospital in Bandung in West Java province. 

Indonesia has had seven confirmed deaths from bird flu and now five cases where sufferers have survived. 

A 16-year-old Indonesian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 avian flu virus, making him the 12th confirmed case among humans in the country, a health official said on Saturday. An Indonesian child plays with pigeons at a bird stall beside a housing complex in Jakarta's slum area in this September 22, 2005 file photo. (REUTERS/Beawiharta)

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