Five cleared of bird flu in Indonesia

Five cleared of bird flu in Indonesia

Five cleared of bird flu in Indonesia

Updated 19 December 2011, 11:50 AEDT

Health officials in Indonesia say five people from Indonesia's North Sumatra have been cleared of having contracted human bird flu.

The group were feared to indicate a new cluster of human strain of the H5N1 virus.

An Indonesian health ministry official says their test results are all negative.

Two tests, usually of samples of blood and tissue, must come back positive for the virus before a victim is confirmed as infected in Indonesia.

Indonesia's death toll of 87 from avian influenza is the highest in the world.

The results of two other people suspected to have bird flu have not yet been released to the public.