According to press reports, Indonesian officials today announced that several people from a village in northern Sumatra are being treated for avian flu-like symptoms. The patients include at least three children. Family members have been admitted to a hospital in Medan. Doctors suspect the cases could be new clusters of the H5N1 virus.
The new cases are from the same area of Indonesia where seven members of another family became sick from the H5N1 virus in May and died. A connection has yet to be established between the cases that occured in May and new cases.
According to the World Health Organization, Indonesia has reported 41 human deaths from the H5N1 strain.