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January 25, 2006
Jakarta chicken vendor has bird flu -ministry

An Indonesian chicken seller in Jakarta is in hospital after being infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus according to local test results, a senior Health Ministry official said on Wednesday.

Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases at the ministry, said the 22-year-old man was being treated in a Jakarta hospital designated for bird flu patients.

"Local tests show he was positive for bird flu. He is a chicken vendor in a traditional market," Wibisono said, adding blood samples had been sent to a Hong Kong laboratory recognised by the World Health Organisation for confirmation.

Indonesia has had 14 confirmed deaths from bird flu and five cases where patients have survived.

Source : REUTERS