The Pendleton Panther

Bird Flu Kills 4 More

Posted on: March 4, 2009

The Bird Flu, formally known as Avian Influenza, has recently taken the lives of four more people.  Those who died were from Indonesia, the hardest country hit by the disease.  Now, the death toll in Indonesia has risen to 119.   Chief of the National Bird Flu Commission, Bayu Krisnamurthi, said that all the victims became infected after direct contact with sick poultry. They were from Java Island and died in either January or February.  Indonesia has been the worst affected country by Avian Influenza since it was first found in 2003.  It accounts for more than half of the 256 human fatalities worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Luckily, most of those infected with the Bird Flu have come in contact with infected poultry and the disease has spread from bird to human.  However, experts worry that the H5N1 virus could mutate and learn how to jump from human to human.  This would spark a pandemic that could potentially kill millions of people worldwide.  

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