According to TEMPO INTERAKTIF, the premier Indonesian Magazine, the development of H5N1 bird flu virus in Indonesia has been faster than that of any other country.
In fact it appears that the Bird-Flu virus in Indonesia, has mutated and split in to Five different varieties of the H5N1 strain.
Dr.C.A. Nidom a molecular biology researcher from Airlangga University, Surabaya, said on Monday (26/11),
that in Indonesia the H5N1 virus has already mutated to five subdivisions.
“In other countries however, the mutation found was only three virus variants,” said Dr. Nidom.
The subdivisions of mutated virus in Indonesia are divided into type A, B, C, C1 and D.Categories A and B have spread in Sumatra, with category C in Kalimantan.
Category C1 has spread in several places, while category D is found in Papua and southern Sumatra.
“We’re also surprised that the virus in Indonesia is under local law, so between one area and
the other they’re different. The virus even mutated,” added Dr Nidom.
Therefore, now a molecular review is still required in order to identify the different characteristics
of the virus types.
That way different strains of the virus can be handled differently, according to their individual characteristics.
Siti Fadilah Supari, the Indonesian Health Minister
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