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Dead housemaid tests positive for bird flu

  • Indra Harsaputra

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 29 2009   /  01:46 pm

A housemaid who died from a lung infection at Dr. Soetomo General Hospital in Surabaya over the weekend was infected with Avian flu, the hospital revealed Wednesday. Chairman of the Press Forum at state-run hospital Urip Murtedjo said Sunday that a blood sample taken before the victim's death and sent to the Health Ministry had tested positive for Avian Flu. The victim, identified only as S, and who is believed to have worked as a housemaid for a family in the city, was transferred from to the hosptical from a private hospital last Friday after suspicions were raised that she was suffering from the fatal disease. "Initially, we did not know but remained suspicious of the patient's symptoms. After her death, the hospital's medical team sent a sample of her blood to the Health Ministry and the laboratory test result *confirmed* she was infected with the H5N1 vir...