- Suspected avian influenza cases are being
detected in the country at an alarming rate, with more people falling sick
in Surakarta in Central Java, Madiun and Malang in East Java, and Batam
in Riau Islands province.
- A 12 year old girl suspected of having
contracted avian influenza died on Wed night [1 Mar 2006] after being treated
at the Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta. Her body has been sent to her hometown
in Boyolali, Central Java, for burial, hospital director Mardiatmo told
Antara. Blood tests for the victim have been sent to a Jakarta laboratory
- Another seriously ill suspected avian
influenza patient is being treated in isolation at the hospital. "Clinical
symptoms, including coughing and a high fever, indicate that he is bird
flu-positive. The patient also used to live near large-scale quail breeding
centers," Tri Lastiti, the deputy director of the hospital, told The
Jakarta Post. The 31 year old man was believed to have been infected by
the carcasses of dead birds, which had been dumped in the area during the
past month. "Thousands of quail died every day and their remains were
just thrown away into a nearby river," the man's wife said.
- In Bandung, the number of suspected bird
flu patients rose by 11 to 66 as of Wed 1 Mar 2006. The latest patient
was admitted to the city's Hasan Sadikin Hospital on Wednesday.
- In Madiun, East Java, the condition of
a 12 year old patient from Singkil village, Ponorogo, who is believed to
be infected with the virus, remained serious. "The patient is still
in intensive care by our team of doctors, and cannot be visited yet,"
a hospital spokesman said on Thu 2 Mar 2006. A sample of the patient's
blood has been sent to Jakarta for testing and the results would be available
within a week, the spokesman said.
- In Malang, a 7 year old boy was admitted
to the intensive care unit at the Saiful Anwar Hospital with suspected
avian influenza symptoms. However, Gatoet Ismanoe, a doctor of the hospital,
said the boy, who had earlier been treated at the Muhammad Saleh Hospital
in Probolinggo, was still under observation to determine his illness.
- ProMed Comment
- Although all these cases rank only as
suspected cases at the present time, Indonesia is currently the "hot
spot" for human avian influenza cases and it is likely that in due
course one or more of these patients will be confirmed as avian influenza
cases by independent testing. At present 27 cases (20 of which have been
fatal) have been confirmed by an external WHO-collaborating laboratory.
- Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD- Bus Admin,
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