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NEWS: Jakarta Zoo Closed As Exotic Birds Test Positive To Bird Flu

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posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 05:22 PM
The Jakarta zoo has been closed after test have shown that some exotic species of birds are positive for bird flu. 19 birds in the zoo have tested positive and tens of thousands of people visited the zoo over the weekend before its closure. Three children are also undergoing treatment in an Indonesian hospital with at least two of them suspected of having contracted the illness. The World Health Organization has stated last week that the Bird Flu was moving closer towards becoming transmissible by human to human contact.
The deadly H5N1 strain of the virus has killed four Indonesians, including one woman who died in Jakarta a week ago. The virus has killed 64 people in four Asian countries since late 2003 and has also spread to Russia and Europe.

Indonesia sends blood tests from all suspected bird flu cases to Hong Kong for confirmation.

The government would kill those birds at the zoo which had tested positive for the virus, Supari said.

Health officials last week said that bird flu had killed a 37-year-old woman who lived near a chicken farm in south Jakarta, and that another person who had close contact with her was suspected of having the virus.

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This is a serious step in the advance of the disease. It is becoming increasingly obvious that even in it's present form the disease is out of control and spreading faster than it can be contained.

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posted on Sep, 19 2005 @ 07:11 PM
Great find mayet and scary indeed.

Just for kicks I found 45 flights from San Francisco to Jakarta (Now several are duplicates) buts that quite a bit. LAX listed 172 total (again many duplicates) but thats alot of people moving out of one area to just two US destinations with many making layover stops. Scary Scary Scary

posted on Sep, 20 2005 @ 07:36 AM
Out of all of the stories about the bird flu, the reason that this one is one step closer is because the animals although testing positive for the virus are also asymptomatic. This could very well mean that the strain is weakening or combining to cross over to the human host.
3 workers at the zoo are now positive for the virus as well.

posted on Sep, 20 2005 @ 07:40 AM
I'm reading this same story on another news source and this makes me think, if the kids didn't contract it from the zoo, where did they get it from?

Indonesia tests for avian flu at zoo after 19 birds infected by virus

Meanwhile, three children suspected of contracting the disease were being treated at Jakarta's infectious diseases hospital. Blood samples from the three have been sent to Hong Kong for testing, the health minister said.

The three children - two of whom were in serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit - are not believed to have contracted the virus from the zoo.

I think the number of people infected in the past few weeks is between 6-10, if the kids didn't get it from the zoo, did they get from another person?? Two of the children are related to each other, but no supporting evidence can be found to say if they are related to any of the infected adults.

posted on Sep, 20 2005 @ 08:14 AM
I did read further about the children and it concludes that at least 2 of the children lived above a chicken farm. However, it also goes on to say that the at least one child infected another child as well.
Does this mean the virus has mutated? Not necessarily but the vectors are becoming closer to one another. All it would take is for one person to be infected with another strain of virus for the H5 to mutate.
Perhaps the only hope would be that the strain would be weakened when combined with another less deadly strain

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