Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Second Thai woman has avian influenza

27 September, 2004

A 32-year-old Thai woman was today confirmed to be suffering from avian influenza, the second confirmed human case of the disease since the country's latest outbreak started in July.
The woman, identified only as Pranom, was confirmed to have the H5N1 virus but her condition was improving.
Nine people have died of avian influenza in Thailand, including an 18-year-old man last month, in the latest round of the disease that began in July. Eight other people died earlier in the year.
Although she is believed to have come in contact with chickens authorities are still investigating the possibility that she got the disease through human-to-human transmission.
Pranom's sister, Pranee, 26, died on September 20 in a hospital near Bangkok. She is not known to have come in contact with chickens or birds, but had spent about a week in close contact with her 11-year-old daughter until the girl's death in a hospital on September 12 in the northern Kamphaengphet province.
The girl also had bird flu-like symptoms, but no tests could be done on her because she had already been cremated by the time officials were alerted (The Australian) human-to-human transmission ? (N.E.).