Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Indonesia: another avian influenza patient died

6 June, 2006

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country’s 49th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
The case occurred in a 15-year-old boy (Mastur) from Cangkuang, Tasikmalaya District, West Java Province. He developed symptoms on 24 May, was hospitalized on 26 May, and died on 30 May.
An investigation conducted by provincial health authorities found a history of contact with sick and dying chickens in the boy’s household in the week before the onset of his symptoms. Monitoring of family members and close contacts has detected no cases of influenza-like illness.
Of the 49 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 37 have been fatal (WHO).