Two people from one family, who died earlier this week in West Java
province, have been tested positive to bird flu virus by a local lab, the
Indonesian Health Ministry said in Jakata yesterday.
"They are brother and sister, both are positively infected," Director of
Health and Environmental Health of the Ministry I Nyoman Kandun Kandun told
However, he could not confirm whether the two had contact with fowls.
Their blood samples have been sent to the World Health Organization
affiliated laboratory for bird flu test in Hong Kong, he said.
The death of the two came after the biggest bird flu cluster death in North
Sumatra province earlier this month.
Indonesia is probing into possible human-to-human transmission.
Experts fear that the virus could mutate to a certain form that can easily
transmit from human to human, which can kill millions of people.
The WHO has confirmed 32 people have been killed by the highly pathogenic
H5N1 virus in Indonesia.