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December 01, 2005

More about the latest human death in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post reports Another 'bird flu' patient dies in Jakarta. But it's a misleading headline: The story is about the 25-year-old woman who died two days ago.

Ilham Patu, spokesman and head of the bird flu surveillance unit at Sulianti Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta, where the woman had been treated for six days, said the resident of Kunciran Induk, Tangerang, died at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday.

"We tried to assist her breathing but her lungs were so damaged that they could function at only 10 percent capacity. We are still waiting for confirmation from the WHO-appointed laboratory in Hong Kong to know if she really died from bird flu," he told The Jakarta Post.

helpful, though unpleasant, to know more details about the effect on avian flu on its human victims. The story says the woman's condition was complicated by acute liver disease. Her death was the result of pneumonia. How did liver disease affect the course of the pneumonia? Was the course of the disease the same as in other Indonesian cases? What about the Vietnamese? And if the Chinese version is mutating away from the Vietnamese strain of H5N1, did the Chinese victims display different symptoms?

Posted by dymaxion at December 1, 2005 12:29 PM

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