Monday, May 22, 2006

6th member Indonesian family dies from bird flu, human to human transfer not ruled out

A sixth member of an Indonesian family on North Sumatra Island, dies of H5N1 bird flu virus, an Indonesian official said on Monday.

Indonesian Health Ministry spokesman I Nyoman Kandun told reporters in the capital, Jakarta, that a 32-year-old man, identified only as D., died in the village of Kabanjahe after refusing to take antiviral drugs and fleeing a hospital in search of alternative treatment.

“He is the father of the child who died on May 13. He ran away after he received Tamiflu,” said I Nyoman Kandun, director-general of communicable disease control at the health ministry.

“He was found in the village later but refused treatment,” Kandun told reporters.

An investigation into Indonesia’s largest cluster of bird flu victims cannot yet rule out the possibility of human-to-human transmission, a health official said.

Kandun also said, an epidemiological investigation into a cluster of seven fatal cases in Sumatra, which health experts feared might be Indonesia’s first case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly virus, was inconclusive.

‘We cannot confirm that (human-to-human transmission) has occurred but we cannot rule it out,’ Kandun told reporters.

‘The good news is there is not yet any mutation, (or) any reassortment of the virus’ Kandun said.

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