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February 13, 2007

Indonesia: Death #66

Via Antara: Bird flu-related death toll in Garut continues to rise. Excerpt:

The number of people reported to have died of the infectious H5N1 Avian Influenza (AI) virus in Garut district, West Java, continued to rise, Garut District Deputy Head Memo Hermawan said.

At about 11:30 local time on Monday, Taryat (43) of Cisaradan village, Karangpawitan sub-district, was admitted to an isolation room of Dr Slamet public hospital in Garut for being infected with the lethal virus.

A day before, Mrs Elis Dahlia (20) also succumbed at the hospital`s isolation room on Sunday morning followed by Sopandi (9) on Sunday afternoon. At least five people, including three in 2007, were reported to have died of this pandemy.

Of 30 bird flu suspects in Garut, one resident from Cikelet sub district was cured, Hermawan said.

Patients being treated intensively in the hospital`s isolation room since Monday afternoon were identified as Juhana (80), Ena (50) and Dadang (30).

Hermawan also reminded relevant technical authorities to anticipate the pandemy by creating a clean and healthy environment, as many bird flu suspects came from isolated area with a messy environment.

In the meantime, head of the district health office dentist Arie Tarmadi said her institution had already anticipated the pandemy although many of virus-infected suspects hailed from isolated and dirty areas.

As discouraging as this news may be, I keep reminding myself that we're in relatively good shape as long as we can keep count of the deaths.

Posted by dymaxion at February 13, 2007 09:18 PM

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