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Jakarta Post

17 in hospital with suspected bird flu

  • Andi Hajramurni and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 14 2008   /  07:08 am

A South Sulawesi hospital was overwhelmed as it admitted in two days 17 patients believed to have bird flu, an official said Thursday.
The patients, mostly children, presented with symptoms of the disease, such as a high fever, cough and respiratory problems, spokesman for Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar, Andi Kurnia Bintang, said. Kurnia said the first patient, 5-year-old Salman, was hospitalized Wednesday morning, followed in the evening by his siblings Nurul Awaliah, 3, and Nur Fadillah, four months old, and four neighbors.
He said the patients, all residents of Sudiang subdistrict in Biringkanaya district, Makassar, were brought to the hospital after suffering a high fever for about two days.
“According to Salman’s parents, 27 chickens belonging to their neighbors died on Nov. 7. In the two days after that, their four chic...