Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Indonesia Reports 42nd Human Avian Influenza Death

16 July, 2006

A 44-year-old man has died as a result of avian influenza infection, say authorities in Indonesia. The man was from eastern Jakarta. He was hospitalized on 10 July with a temperature, breathing problems and a bad cough.
Authorities said the man had been in close contact with live poultry.
Local tests indicated he died of H5N1 avian influenza infection. As with all local confirmed tests, samples have been sent on to a WHO recognized laboratory in Hong Kong for final confirmation.
This last case will bring Indonesia equal to Vietnam regarding total human avian influenza deaths. Thirty people have died so far in Indonesia this year alone, while not one confirmed death has been reported in Vietnam (this year).
As Indonesia's efforts to combat the avian influenza spread have not been organized in a uniform, systematic way, experts say it is most likely the virus will thrive in the country for many years to come. Authorities in Indonesia have been reluctant to organize mass culls of poultry in areas where infections have been found because of the huge costs involved in compensating farmers and smallholders.