Three more AI deaths confirmed
The World Health Organisation yesterday confirmed an
additional three cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus in
Indonesia. All three cases were fatal, increasing the global death toll from
bird flu to 151 people.
The first newly confirmed case occurred in a 67-year-old woman from West
Java Province. She developed symptoms on 3 October, was hospitalised on 7
October, and died on 15 October. Diagnosis was complicated by the presence of
chronic diseases. Chickens reportedly died in her household and neighbourhood
prior to symptom onset.
The second case was an 11-year-old male from South Jakarta, Jakarta
Province. He developed symptoms on 2 October, was hospitalised on 5 October, and
died on 14 October. His recent history included exposure to dead chickens in his
The third case was a 27-year-old female from Central Java Province. She
developed symptoms on 8 October, was hospitalised on 12 October, and died on 13
October. The source of her exposure is currently under investigation.
Of the 72 cases of bird
in humans confirmed to date in Indonesia, 55 have been fatal.
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