Bird Flu - Possible Cluster said Indonesian Newspaper
According reports from Sinar Harapan newspaper in Indonesia, authorities have located 17 individuals in West Javanese that are believed to have become infected with bird flu virus. This raises concern that the bird flu may have become more transmittable and may be a cluster case. At this time it has not been officially claimed to be a cluster by any agency.
Government officials have been culling chickens within a radius of 1 km of any human cases. The government is reimbursing the villagers for the cost of the chicken. There have been at least 2,505 chickens killed in this culling.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been investigating cases in three different hamlets within the village in Garut district. These investigations have not prompted officials to say that the bird flu has become easily transmissible.
There have been 59 cases that are confirmed in Indonesia. Of these there have been 46 of these cases that have been fatal, which is thought to be the highest amount of casualties in the world at this time.