- The numbering additional patient of three people entered
RSPI since struck 01.00 WIB. they namely Yenina (10 years), Alfa Pratama
(1.5 years) and Mukalim (19 years). Yenina and Alfa were recorded had visited
to the Ragunan Zoo. Whereas Mukalim was directly touching with birds.
- The above machine translation indicates four more people
were admitted to Sulianti Saroso Hospital on September 22. Media reports
also describe a 15 year-old male who was also admitted with bird flu symptoms
on September 22.
- The two children who had visited the zoo brings the number
of children to four. In addition three zoo employees have symptoms and
two, Abdul Muntalib, a food vendor, and Ari Seytonini, a tour guide, are
also at Sulianti Saroso.
- The people who have been admitted have serious bird flu
symptoms. 115 more zoo visitors with milder symptoms have not been admitted.
- These numbers are cause for concern. The zoo was closed
three days ago, so most infected over the weekend would just now be showing
symptoms, including mild fever like many of the 115 turned away. Others
would be waiting to see how sick they get, and while waiting may be spreading
H5N1 far and wide.
- The spread of H5N1 from the zoo however, is cause for
concern because there is no clear link between patients, even if the number
of cases are limited to the six at the above hospital. The four children
range in age from 1.5 to 10 years and the two zoo workers did not have
a direct tie with the birds or animals. Thus, they appear to have become
infected via casual contact with H5N1.
- The number linked to the Rangunan Zoo will become increasingly
clear in the next 1-2 weeks. The large number of visitors provide a major
amplification point for transmission of H5N1 to humans.
- H5N1 has clearly changed, and the next few weeks will
show if the pandemic is at phase 5 or
- phase 6.
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