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The United States military was planning for a possible bird flu pandemic to ensure its forces could respond quickly, Admiral William Fallon, the U.S. Pacific military commander, told reporters in Canberra on Friday.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - The number of Indonesians under observation for bird flu symptoms has risen to 17, health officials said on Friday, but added that local tests confirmed a five-year-old girl who died this week did not have the virus.
Four Indonesians are confirmed to have died from the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu since July.
But U.N. health experts have said the growth in possible cases in Indonesia -- a big producer and consumer of chickens -- did not mean the outbreak was worsening, and that there was still no sign the virus could be passed easily among people.
Sardikin Giriputro, deputy head of the government-designated hospital in Jakarta to treat bird flu, said nine of his 17 patients had been to Jakarta's Ragunan zoo, shut this week after tests showed some exotic birds had avian flu.
Jakarta - At least 54 people were being treated on Wednesday for suspected bird flu in Indonesia, where the disease had already claimed six lives, said officials.
Deputy director of Jakarta's Sulianto Saroso hospital, Sardikin Giriputro, said they would soon discharge three of 20 suspected bird flu patients after tests gave them a clean bill of health.
He said the three, two adult men and one two-year-old infant would be able to leave the hospital once a clearance was obtained from the health ministry.
Till Wednesday struck 14.00 WIB, four new patients who it was suspected were infected by birds flu underwent the maintenance in RSPI Sulianti Saroso.
The number of patients admitted to hospitals throughout Indonesia continue to rise. Media accounts described 12 recent admissions. At Sulianti Saroso there were four admissions yesterday and three more today.
However, there has also been reports of recent admissions in East Java (35F), central Java (58M), Bandu (1.5 F), and Bandar Lumpung (20 M and brother)