Tuesday, December 9, 2008

H5N1-confirmed death in Indonesia: Ending three-month stretch of no human deaths

The WHO released an update today announcing the Indonesian Ministry of Health confirmed two new cases of human infection with H5N1.

One patient, a 9-year-old who developed symptoms on November 7 and was hospitalized on November 12 recovered nearly two weeks later. Lab tests recently confirmed the illness was in fact H5N1. The infection was linked to poultry deaths near her home.

"The second case, a 2-year-old female from East Jakarta, developed symptoms on 18 November, was hospitalized on 26 November and died on 29 November. Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Initial investigations into the source of her infection suggest exposure at a live bird market.

The case-fatality rate remains exceedingly high in Indonesia, more than 80% of the 139 confirmed cases in Indonesia have been fatal.

The full report can be found at: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_12_09/en/

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