Avian Flu Talk: Suspected Bird Flu Patients Continue to Rise

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The most recent reports in Indonesia indicate that the number of suspected cases is still increasing, but the Public Health Ministry has been slow to confirm these reports.

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the Avian Flu Talk message board regarding reports from national media sources, which are now indicating that the number of bird flu patients is continuing to rise since the avian flu virus re-emerged last month after a near 6 week hiatus. There have been a total of 8 confirmed human deaths in the last 30 days spanning from Egypt to Indonesia.

The most recent reports in Indonesia indicate that the number of suspected cases is still increasing, but the Public Health Ministry has been slow to confirm these reports. The number of confirmed cases in Indonesia over the last two weeks equals approximately 10% of their total cases since 1993.

Vietnam, South Korea and Hong Kong have also experienced a surge in poultry outbreaks over the last month.

The bird flu virus appears to have now become easier to transmit from birds to humans, which has sparked a mass culling campaign in the backyards of Indonesia.

Experts fear that this sudden increase of outbreaks will substantially increase the chances of the bird flu virus evolving into a human flu pandemic.

For more information regarding the latest bird flu news, or to see what others are saying online, we would encourage all of those who have not already done so to visit the following Internet based discussion forum at http://www.Avianflutalk.com.

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