Infectious Diseases 2006

Infectious Diseases 2006

Indonesia : Avian influenza Kills 8-Year-Old Indonesian Girl

2 June, 2006

Local tests showed an 7-year-old girl (Yohana) has died of avian influenza. The latest case in a spike putting Indonesia on pace to become the world's hardest-hit country.
The girl, from Pamulang on the outskirts of Jakarta, died late Thursday (01/06) after apparently coming into contact with sick poultry, said Nyoman Kandun, a senior Health Ministry official.
The girl's 10-year-old brother (Tony) died three days earlier with similar flu-like symptoms, but no samples were taken, said Dr. Hariadi Wibisono, a senior official at the national Health Department. The boy died in an emergency room before being treated, and the family immediately took him home for burial, he said.
Two of the children's (S. 12 and B. 3 ) other three siblings also developed a fever and are treated with the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.
The children's father (Suryoto - 46 years old) said he was aware of avian influenza, but had no idea the virus was circulating near the family's house.
A 15-year-old boy (Mastur) who died Tuesday (30/05) in the West Java capital of Bandung, also tested positive for avian influenza.
Samples had been sent to a laboratory recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for confirmation. Results from local tests are typically accurate.