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Suspected Bird in Indonesia Linked to Tsunami Relief?

Recombinomics Commentary

July 13, 2005

Iwan Siswara Rafei, a staff with the Supreme Audit Body (BPK), died at the Siloam Gleneagles Hospital Tuesday afternoon after showing bird flu symptoms, reported the Detikcom online news service.

Iwan Siswara Rafei appears to have some linkage to auditing the Tsunami relief efforts.  If his suspected bird flu infection was linked to the Sunami Relief effort, there could be serious consequences.

More details on when he and his daughters showed initial symptoms, and travel history would be useful.  There had been fatal flu cases in Sri Lanka before the Tsunami and India is home to the bar headed geese found in Qinhai Lake.

Since two of the three affect family members have already died, the suspected H5N1 would be quite lethal and could be passed at airports or via the Tsunami relief effort.

More information on this familial cluster in Indonesia near Jakarta would be useful

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