Thursday, January 17, 2013

Indonesian bird flu outbreak “has only infected ducks”

January 17, 2013

The Health Ministry’s Aditama said many countries had reported the presence of clade 2.3 and there had been eight known bird flu cases in humans caused by the strain - three in Bangladesh and five in China.

“So far Indonesia has not seen infection from ducks to humans or bird flu cases in humans caused by clade 2.3, but I expect that generally the medium of infection is similar to that of clade 2.1,” he said.

Health officials have advised that control activities in humans had not changed with the new clade, he said.

“Data on antiviral sensitivity is limited from the human cases, but there is no reason to expect a change.”

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