Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Indonesian teenager dies of avian influenza

20 June, 2006

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country’s 51st case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
The case, which was fatal, occurred in a 13-year-old boy from South Jakarta. He developed symptoms on 9 June one week after helping his grandfather slaughter diseased chickens at the family home. The boy was hospitalized on 13 June and died on 14 June.
The grandfather remains healthy. Contact tracing and monitoring are under way to ensure no further cases arise from this exposure setting.
Of the 51 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 39 have been fatal.