JAKARTA, July 15 (Xinhuanet) -- Indonesian Health Minister
Siti Fadillah Supari said Friday the avian influenza is suspected of causing the
deaths of a father and his two daughters in the town of Tangerang over the last
"We suspect bird flu," she told a
press conference at the Ministry of Health compound here.
Supari said the medical team initially suspected
either the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or bird flu as the cause of
the deaths but laboratory test result showed that "it is closer to bird flu."
She said the World Health Organization has
recommended further laboratory test in Hong Kong.
"Within one week from now, we expect a definite
result," said Supari.
The government has confirmed bird flu outbreak among
chickens but there has been no reported casualty from the disease.
A poultry worker in South Sulawesi province has been
tested positive of bird flu but he remains healthy. Enditem