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October 02, 2006

Sister of Indonesia bird flu casualty also has H5N1

Via Reuters: Sister of Indonesia bird flu casualty also has H5N1. Excerpt:

A 21-year-old Indonesian woman, the sister of a boy who died of bird flu earlier this month, is suffering from the same disease, the health ministry said on Friday.

The patient, currently being treated at a hospital in East Java province, had contact with sick and dead fowl, as had her brother, said Runizar Ruesin, the head of the ministry's bird flu information center.

"She has been declared a bird flu positive case by the ministry lab and NAMRU," he told Reuters, referring to a U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit based in Jakarta.

The Soetomo hospital in East Java capital Surabaya said the woman was also suffering from pneumonia.

"Her condition is stable but her pneumonia has not improved yet. She is still being supported by a respirator," Urip Murtejo, the hospital's deputy director, told Reuters.

At first I thought this was the sister in the Zakaria family—then I realized the Zakaria girl is 15, and lives in West Java. So this is yet another likely family cluster.

Posted by dymaxion at October 2, 2006 08:47 PM

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