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Indonesia's Health Minister Assures Pneumonia Outbreak in China Not Linked to New Virus

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Indonesia's Health Minister Assures Pneumonia Outbreak in China Not Linked to New Virus

In a recent statement, Indonesia's Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, has quieted fears surrounding an outbreak of a mysterious pneumonia affecting children in China, assuring that it is not instigated by any novel virus or bacterium. This clarification comes amidst escalating concerns over an unexpected surge in pneumonia cases in China.

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Indonesia Responds to Pneumonia Outbreak in China

The Indonesian government has stepped up its awareness campaigns regarding the spread of pneumonia due to Mycoplasma infection. This heightened vigilance is targeted primarily at health departments, hospitals, and the country's entry points. So far, there has been no reported increase in pneumonia cases in Indonesia. The government is implementing measures to bolster surveillance and broaden health promotion efforts, aiming to bolster public cognizance of pneumonia.

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Pneumonia Outbreak: Not Linked to a New Virus

Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the Indonesian Minister of Health, has confirmed that the pneumonia outbreak currently affecting children in China is not due to any new virus or bacteria akin to COVID-19. The outbreak is attributed to older, familiar viruses or bacteria. China has reported 205 influenza clusters in the week starting November 13, with patients exhibiting symptoms such as fever, fatigue, and cough. However, there have been no reports of fatalities related to the outbreak.

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Call for Heightened Alertness

In light of the surge in pneumonia cases in China, the Indonesian Ministry of Health is calling for increased alertness across all its units. The Ministry has urged for rigorous scrutiny at entry points for foreign nationals, such as ports and airports, given the elevated incidence of pneumonia in China. The emphasis is on early awareness and surveillance to monitor any potential rise in cases within their jurisdictions.

In conclusion, Minister Budi has advised the public not to worry, emphasizing instead on the importance of maintaining a strong immune system to prevent pneumonia infections. Vigilance in health practices is being promoted as the primary defense against the illness.

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