Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

A new avian influenza human case in Thailand

9 September, 2004

Thailand's Ministry of Health reported today 1 recent human death caused by avian influenza A (H5N1). The case was an 18-year-old male, who had been exposed to sick chickens. He raised 30 fighting cocks in his back yard and was from Prachinburi Province in eastern Thailand, a region which earlier this year experienced confirmed H5N1 outbreaks in poultry. He was admitted to hospital on 5 Sep 2004 and died from acute respiratory distress on 8 Sep 2004.
Specimens were tested by the National Institute of Health, Thailand and were found to be positive for influenza A (H5N1) by PCR.
On the basis of WHO figures, the death raises the number of human cases of avian influenza this year to 40, including 29 deaths. There have been 13 cases with 9 deaths in Thailand and 27 cases with 20 deaths in Vietnam.