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February 06, 2006

Bird flu suspect dies in Bandung

From the Jakarta Post: Bird flu suspect dies in Bandung.

Just three days after a suspected bird flu patient died in Bandung, another suspect died in Hasan Sadikin hospital in the city on Saturday night after being treated in an isolation ward for a day.

The 38-year-old housewife from the Pasirkoja area of Bandung was referred from Ciumbeuleuit hospital Friday. She arrived at Hasan Sadikin hospital along with two other suspected cases, a 20-year-old housewife from Sumedang and a 23-year-old native of Padalarang, who is also a neighbor of the teenager who died on Wednesday.

"Her fever was not too high, only about 37 degree Celsius, but an acute (bird flu) patient tends to have a declining temperature. But she clearly developed breathing distress and we put her on a ventilator," the hospital director, Cissy Rachiana Prawira, said on Sunday.

, this will be Indonesia's 17th death from H5N1. The mention of another patient who is a neighbour of last Wednesday's fatality is disturbing.

Posted by dymaxion at February 6, 2006 10:30 PM

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