Friday, December 23, 2005

Indonesian Avian Influenza update (5)

Friday, December 23 2005

The Indonesian Ministry of Health has confirmed two additional humans infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.The first case occurred in an eight year old boy from Central Jakarta. He developed the symptoms of a fever and cough on December 8, 2005. He was hospitalized on December 13, 2005, and died on December 15, 2005.

Family members and close contacts were placed under observation and tested for possible infection, however, none have developed symptoms. Investigations have been undertaken to determine the source of the boy’s exposure and samples from pigeons around his household are being tested.

The second case occurred in a thirty nine year old man from East Jakarta. He first reported symptoms of fever, headache, cough and shortness of breath on December 9, 2005. He was hospitalized on December 11th and died on December 12th.

Family members and close contacts were placed under observation. Investigations are being undertaken to determine the source of the man’s exposure. While he did not keep poultry in his household, chickens and other birds were found in his neighborhood. Samples from these birds have been taken and are undergoing tests to determine whether they may have been the source of infection.

With these cases the total number of indonesians infected with the avian influenza virus is 16. Of these cases 11 were fatal.

Posted by john T. on 12/23 at 09:37 PM
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