Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Two Indonesian siblings believed to have bird flu

Webmaster note:
The following story pertains to new human bird flu cases in Indonesia. These cases are from another family unrelated to the Indonesian family from North Sumatra village.

Authorities are suggesting that the two siblings infected with the bird flu virus, had contact with feathers from infected chickens.

News article:

One of two new suspected bird flu patients from the same family in Bandung, West Java, died Tuesday, leading to speculation that a new cluster has surfaced.

The two, a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man, were admitted to Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung on Monday evening, but the girl’s condition worsened and she died at 2:50 p.m on Tuesday.

The siblings, residents of Cileunyi in Bandung regency, exhibited symptoms associated with bird flu and had known contact with dead chickens.

“They had high fevers and lower respiratory infections, which made it hard for them to breathe,” said Djatnika, the deputy head of the hospital’s bird flu team.

Blood samples taken from the two, he said, have been sent to a Health Ministry laboratory. Local tests, however, are not considered definitive and need confirmation from a World Health Organization (WHO)’s internationally accredited laboratory.

Avian influenza article source

Posted by john T. on 05/24 at 06:03 AM
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