JAKARTA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Two Indonesian children were in critical
condition at a hospital in Riau Province with doctors strongly suspecting them
of having developed bird flu symptoms in the country where 84 people already
died of the virus, according to local media on Monday.
The two boys age one and three are being treated in isolated rooms at the
Arifin Ahmad Hospital in the provincial capital of Pekanbaru, leading news
website Detikcom said.
"They are suffering high fever and respiratory problems," Dr. Azizman Saad
with the hospital was quoted by Detikcom as saying, adding "the condition of
their lungs is deteriorating, with excessive activities of liquid production."
Laboratory tests by the hospital indicated that the two patients had bird
flu but further tests in Jakarta are needed for confirmation.
Over the last two years, bird flu killed three people in Riau