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April 01, 2007
JAKARTA • Indonesian scientists said they remained baffled by the “random” behaviour of the bird flu virus afflicting the country, after a top-level meeting here yesterday.
About 40 scientists from all over the country met to discuss the disease which has claimed 69 deaths in Indonesia, making it the world’s worst-hit country.
“The random aspect of the disease ... unfortunately led scientists to say that (the behaviour of) the virus remains a mystery,” said Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of the national commission on bird flu control.
Indonesia’s deaths came from 89 reported cases. The WHO says the deadly H5N1 strain has infected 284 people worldwide and killed 169 of them, mostly in Southeast Asia, since the end of 2003.
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