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September 26, 2006

Details on the latest H5N1 death in Jakarta

Via Indonesia Relief, an NGO: Bird Flu Kill a Boy in Jakarta. Despite the English errors, this report gives us some additional details about the 51st Indonesian H5N1 death:

A 9 years old boy from Pondok Pinang, South Jakarta, died in Sulianti Suroso hospital on September 22. Today Ministry of Health confirmed that the boy died after infected by bird flu, HN51 virus.

''The 9 years old boy got sick since September 13. He received treatment for high fever, coughing and respiratory problems,'' said Komnas FBPI, the Indonesian National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, a committe under Ministry of Health, in a statement today.

On September 20, the boy transferred to Indonesian Police hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta. On September 20 he transferred again to RSPI Sulianti Suroso and died after two hour.

''Based on test by Ministry of Health's Research Center and NAMRU-2, we confirmed that the boy infected by H5N1 virus. And after checking their house, the boy known as had been playing with infected chicken,'' Komnas FPBI said.

This new case is the 67th cases of people affected by H5N1 virus. And the boy became the 51st people died because of the virus.

The boy's last transfer must have been on the 22nd, not the 20th. Still, it's interesting that he seems to have been treated for week out of hospital (or in an unnamed hospital) before being moved to the "police hospital." I wonder why he wasn't sent straight to Sulianti Saroso, which has the most experience in treating avian flu cases.

I wish that stories like these would also describe what happens in the victim's neighbourhood after the diagnosis of H5N1. Presumably the authorities cull every chicken and duck within a kilometer or two, while testing family members and neighbours. Yet we rarely hear about such follow-ups.

Posted by dymaxion at September 26, 2006 10:07 PM

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