More Indonesian Bird-Flu Censorship revelations?

A story via the Jakarta post, seems to casually reveal another, as yet unannounced Indonesian death, resulting from the H5N1 virus, way back in April of this year.

The story mentions the latest bird-flu victim from Jakarta, the 22 year old named as AR, who had apparently died last week, after suffering from high fever, headaches and respiratory problems.

It took the Indonesian Health Ministry till Monday of this week to announce that the cause of AR’s deaths was Avian Influenza.

The story then casually drops in the fact that the victims 19 years old sister had also died of similar symptoms, back in April of this year and now the Indonesian Health Ministry has confirmed that the cause of both deaths was avian influenza!

This amazing series of events can only be due to one of the following two reasons:

A. The Indonesian authorities are not able to identify (let alone treat) the people suffering from the H5N1 virus in that country.

If that is the case, then there can be hundreds of victims of the Bird-Flu in Indonesia, who were never officially unidentified as infected with the killer virus.

B. The Indonesian authorities are actively censoring the vast majority of the H5N1 cases and the leak of the information mentioned above, is the result of the carelessness of an official, who could well be in a lot of hot water by now.

If that is the case, then there can be hundreds of victims of the Bird-Flu in Indonesia, who were never officially unidentified as infected with the killer virus.

Come on Madam Supari, which of the two options mentioned above, is the truth?

Siti Fadilah Supari, the Indonesian Health Minister

On top of all the above, Siti Fadilah Supari, the Indonesian Health Minister had informed the world many months ago that Jakarta has been “cleared of all backyard poultry”, thus removing the possibility of the accepted mode of infection of the bird-flu virus (via contact with infected poultry).

We are now told that there still are a large number of poultry kept in the back streets of the slums of Jakarta.

The head of West Jakarta’s animal husbandry and fisheries office, Chaidir Taufik, said the agency carried out bird flu prevention activities in the area following the February floods.

“We thought there were no more birds in the area and we were quite surprised with the deaths and with our findings in the raid yesterday. We found over 100 chickens,” he said.

Chaidir said the administration was yet to do anything to prevent the spread of bird flu in the Kemiri market, saying that West Jakarta had too many markets for the administration’s staff.

“The area has a total of 68 large and neighborhood markets and I only have around 40 people,” he said.

Sources:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20071003.C02&irec=1

www.birdflubreakingnews.com

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