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Health Campaign to Protect Indonesian Children Successfully Completed

...p the spread of measles and strengthen the immunization system in areas affected by the 2004 tsunami. Following the tsunami, many children in Northern sumatra were vulnerable to diseases due to the crowded and unclean living conditions, along with damage to the health infrastructure. Largely through the resp...

Indonesia Bird Flu Victim in Recovery

...rom the potentially deadly illness after swift treatment, a doctor said Saturday. The girl, admitted to the regional hospital in Pekanbaru, on sumatra island with bird flu symptoms, had contact with dead chickens that also tested positive with the disease. "Lab results for the girl, Vivi, came...

Indonesia's Bird Flu Death Toll Touches 80

...hest, an official said Friday. The man, identified only by the initials YT, died in hospital Tuesday in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau province on sumatra Island, after undergoing one-day treatment, said Joko, an official at the Indonesian health ministry. "He had a history of contact with sick c...

Indonesia's Acehnese Suffer High Rates of Mental Trauma

...e brought to the peace table in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed 168,000 people in Aceh on the northern tip of sumatra island. The conflict in Aceh, one of Asia's longest running, claimed at least 15,000 lives. The separatists dropped their claim for independe...

Two More Suspected Avian Flu Deaths in Indonesia

... spokesperson said Thursday. // A preliminary test has revealed the presence of the pathogenic virus in the blood of a 14-year-old boy from West sumatra and a 28-year-old woman from Jakarta. The results of a second test are yet to be released. If they confirm the initial test results, Indonesia's...

Forest Fire Affects Singapore's Air Quality

...o? I have to drive'. Southwestern winds have carried the acrid smoke from burning forests for land-clearing on Indonesia's Jambi, Riau and South sumatra to Singapore and Malaysia. Motorists complained of greatly reduced visibility and the occurrence of the haze year-after-year from illegal cleari...

Indonesia's Bird Flu Death Toll Reaches 42

...t week at a hospital in East Jakarta, had the H5N1 virus. Two months ago, the biggest cluster bird flu in the world was found in Indonesia's North sumatra province, followed by one in the province of Surabaya. Bird flu has killed at least 132 people worldwide since it started ravaging Asian poultry ...

Bird Flu Campaign Kick Starts In Indonesia

...o years . Indonesia, with a population of 238 million people, attracted international attention after seven members of a family from the island of sumatra were reported to be infected According to the WHO, human cases provide an opportunity for H5N1 to mutate into a pandemic form that may wreck havo...

Genetic Data On Bird Flu Virus - Indonesian Officials Report

...s been used for research purpose. A chain of infection in 3 three same family members provide a first case of evidence in the Indonesian island of sumatra about Avian Flu on humans. The genetic sequence and information contained in the H5N1 virus were examined by scientists of Indonesia to create links a...

No Mutation Of Bird Flu Virus: WHO

...d yesterday. Meanwhile, WHO and Indonesian health ministry have intensified probe following the possibility that six members of a family in North sumatra who died of bird flu could be the case of human-to-human infection as investigators were unable to find contact with infected birds of all those who c...
Sumatra in Biological News

Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction

PEKANBARU, SUMATRA -Turning just one Sumatran province's forests and peat swamps into pulpwood and palm oil plantations is generating more annual greenhouse gas emissions than the Netherlands and rapidly driving the province's elephants into extinction, a new study by WWF and partners has found. ...

Human role in Indonesian polluting forest fires -- Guido van der Werf in Nature Geoscience

...One of the most interesting results from the study was that low rainfall in sumatra has been resulting in fires since at least 1960, while in Kalimantan this h...ecome far more prone to fires prone during drought years. The population of sumatra grew rapidly in the 1960s. However, a comparable increase in the population...

New book expands field data available on orangutans

...pulations. Scientists are aware of significant variation in the behavior, morphology and life histories of orangutans, found only on the islands of sumatra and Borneo, but the comparative approach in Orangutans: Geographic Variation in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation provides a theoretical framework...

Atmospheric scientists trace the human role in Indonesian forest fires

... occurrences of haze currently rank among the world's worst air pollution episodes, and are a singularly large source of greenhouse gas emissions." sumatra has suffered from large fires at least since the 1960s, but Indonesian Borneo seems to have been resistant to large fires even in dry years until po...

Orangutan's spontaneous whistling opens new chapter in study of evolution of speech

... Ape Trust is the ability of its scientists to conduct simultaneous studies on both captive orangutans and wild orangutans on the Indonesian island of sumatra at the Ketambe Research Center, where Wich is research co-manager. "Bringing captive and field research together is an unharvested field," Wich said...

September 2007 Sumatran earthquakes research findings

...nbroken section of the megathrust off the coast of sumatra was a 700-km portion south of the Equator, beneath...Nonetheless," he says, "one large section offshore sumatra has still not broken." This was known because N...em, albeit mildly. Reports from the west coast of sumatra told of very heavy shaking and frightening tsunami...

Saving Sumatra: Indonesia reaches historic agreement

...t island, and was also endorsed by four Ministers. sumatra is the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants...nd Public Works, to restore critical ecosystems in sumatra and protect areas with high conservation values," ...." WWF and other conservation groups working in sumatra will help implement the political commitment to pr...

Great Ape Trust's Wich lead author of Oryx paper on continuing orangutan population declines

...go spp.) populations are declining more sharply in sumatra and Borneo than previously estimated, according to...rvival of orangutans, found only on the islands of sumatra and Borneo, must be region-specific to address the...mple, habitat loss has stabilized in some parts of sumatra with a temporary logging moratorium in the provinc...

March GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights

...ive, PO Box 30368, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Pages 263-266. McCaffrey reports on the expected frequency of great earthquakes of the type that struck sumatra in 2004. Even though we have experienced four or five in the past 50 years, the expected number is one to three per 100 years. The recent past has see...

Body part by body part, Sumatran tigers are being sold into extinction

...ility appears to be due to the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild. All of TRAFFICs surveys have indicated that Medan, the capital of North sumatra province, and Pancur Batu, a smaller town situated about nine miles away, are the main hubs for the trade of tiger parts. Despite TRAFFIC providin...
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