Jakarta's Flu Scare

Indonesia has long been luckier than its neighbors in dealing with bird flu: until recently, it had avoided the human cases which have cropped up in Thailand and Vietnam. Indonesia's luck, however, may have run out. In the past two weeks scientists have confirmed two recent bird-flu deaths, and by the end of last week more than 20 people around the country, including a number of children, were being treated as suspected cases. The World Health Organization has said there is no evidence yet of sustained human-to-human transmission, but Indonesians are increasingly worried—and Jakarta's confused response to the crisis has done...

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