Indonesia reports human deaths from Avian influenza
The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced two new but unrelated confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.
The first case is a 2 year old male from Depok City, West Java Province. He developed symptoms on 3 February, and subsequently died on 6 February. Prior to his illness, sick and dead poultry were reported in his neighborhood.
The second case is a 31 year old female from Bekasi City, West Java Province. She developed symptoms on 23 February, was admitted to a private clinic on 25 February and referred to a hospital on 28 February, where she received oseltamivir treatment. She died on 1 March. Initial investigations indicate the case visited a traditional market where live poultry were sold.
Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Of the 174 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 144 have been fatal, giving the country the highest number of human cases and the most resulting deaths.
Source: World Health Organisation
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