Jakarta prepares for bird flu

INDONESIA - Indonesia is preparing 44 hospitals across the sprawling archipelago for treatment and detection of bird flu after the country recorded its first deaths from the virus, the health minister has said.

Siti Fadillah Supari also told reporters authorities were yet to determine how a government official and his two young daughters living in a Jakarta suburb contracted the virus.

All three died earlier this month, but the official's wife and son have not shown any signs of the disease. The family lived in Tangerang, a suburb about 30 km (20 miles) from the center of Jakarta, a city of 10 million.

Source: CNN
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