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Bird flu may spread from Indonesia,Egypt,Nigeria-FAO
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu may spread from Indonesia, Egypt and Nigeria to other countries as it continues to circulate in Africa and Asia, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Monday.
"The risk of a pandemic will be with us for the foreseeable future," said the United Nations body's chief veterinary officer Joseph Domenech, reiterating calls for global efforts to contain the disease.
Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria have not been able to contain the disease, effectively making them reservoirs of the virus for possible spread to other countries, the FAO said in a statement.
Despite fewer outbreaks this year, UN agency warns bird flu still threatens lives
The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. A 6-year-old male from Banten Province developed symptoms on 1 July and was hospitalized on 5 July. He died on 8 July. The Ministry of Health is currently investigating the source of infection.
Of the 102 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 81 have been fatal.