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Jakarta Post

Bird flu suspects declared negative

  • Andi Hajramurni and Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 22 2008   /  12:54 pm

Laboratory results of 17 suspected avian flu sufferers being treated at Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar have come up negative, while two more suspected sufferers were admitted Tuesday. Head of the South Sulawesi Health Agency, Rachmat Latief, said Friday the patients' blood and phlegm samples had been tested and found negative by the Health Ministry's research and development laboratory in Jakarta. The agency received the results Thursday evening from the Health Ministry's Directorate General for Disease Control and Public Health, he said. Five of the patients have been discharged from the hospital while the other 12, including three adults and nine children, were deemed not well enough to leave. According to pediatrician Bob Wahyudi, the nine children required further treatment for breathing disorders as they were suffering from various di...