Tangerang health agency on Feb. 26 said two residents of Kampung Geruduk, Tangerang, Indonesia who were suspected of having contracted the avian influenza virus had tested negative for the disease, according to an article on www.ProMED-mail.com.

"Both tests came back negative," health agency official Yully Soenar said in the article.


A 15-year-old boy and a 2-year-old child were being treated in the bird flu isolation unit at Tangerang General Hospital for almost a week. The pair was admitted to the unit when the hospital found they had high fever and difficulty breathing, and local authorities reported that there was dead poultry near their places of residence.

Yully said the symptoms found were indicative of acute respiratory infection disease and bronchitis.