Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

A 59-year-old Thai man has died of avian influenza

26 September, 2006

It is the country's 17th victim of the H5N1 virus since it swept through much of Asia in late 2003, a senior Health Ministry official said.
The man is a farmer from Nong Bua Lam Phu Province in the north-eastern part of the country. He developed fever on 14 July, was hospitalized on 24 July, and died of severe pneumonia on 10 August. Possible H5N1 infection was suspected when relatives reported the sudden death, in the days prior to symptom onset, of several fighting cocks raised by the farmer. Local veterinary authorities noted a number of poultry outbreaks in the area.
He was treated with the antiviral drug, oseltamivir. Repeated tests on samples taken from his upper respiratory tract, most after antiviral treatment, were negative by PCR for all influenza A viruses, including H5N1. Virus was eventually isolated from lung samples taken at autopsy.