- Hello Jeff - Dr. Henry Niman has been quite thorough
in monitoring Avian Flu events in Indonesia.
- And now a 30-year old woman has now died of bird flu
in West Java, were clusters had been a problem previously. Also, two children
ages 1 and 3 are in hospital in critical condition and may die.
- We must remember, Avian Influenza is evolving and recombining
inserting genetic material that make it more and more likely to infect
humans, and it is doing so on ITS OWN TIMETABLE.
- Because we did not see the virus immediately go
pandemic and spread human-to-human does not mean it won't do so. It has
slowly been taking steps to become more human infective.
- The world's population must be prepared for such an evolution
of Avian Flu H5N1 should the virus go pandemic.
- It would not be wise to depend upon governments for survival
in an influenza pandemic. First of all, those in Federal, State and Local
governments may, themselves, become victims of the virus. Remember how
the local authorities responded to Hurricane Katrina, which, for the most
part, was a local event effecting Louisiana and Mississippi. Imagine a
worldwide pandemic, and the entire US, Mexico and Canada infected? The
only one that people will be able to rely on will be "OURSELVES."
- I, therefore, tell the skeptics who critique people warning
of H5N1, I tell these critics "it is better to be prepared then to
find yourselves and family infected and without food, water, medication
and placed under martial law and federal quarantines.
- AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN - INDONESIA
- In this update:
- 1. West Java: suspected case (30-year-old woman)
- 2. Riau: 2 suspected cases (children)
- West Java: Suspected Case (30-year-old woman)
- Date: Sun 23 Sep 2007
- Source: Channel NewsAsia, Agence France-Presse (AFP)
- An Indonesian woman suspected of being infected with
bird flu has died in the West Java city of Bandung, hospital sources there
said Sunday [23 Sep 2007]. Samples from the 30-year-old woman have been
sent for testing in Jakarta, said a staff member at Bandung's Hasan Sadikin
general hospital who only identified himself as Herdi. A total of 2 tests
must come back positive for the H5N1 virus before a victim is confirmed
as part of the official bird flu death toll in Indonesia, which is the
highest in the world at 85 [deaths among 106 cases. - Mod.CP]
- The woman, who died on Saturday [22 Sep 2007], was showing
symptoms of bird flu infection, such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties,
and low red blood count. Herdi declined to give further details, but the
Koran Tempo [newspaper] said that the victim fell sick a few days after
one of her pet birds died. Transmission usually occurs directly from birds
to humans. The kind of bird involved has not been identified.
- If confirmed to be infected with the H5N1 strain of the
virus, the woman would be the 86th human fatality in the country; 21 other
people have been infected by the deadly H5N1 virus strain that causes bird
flu, but have so far survived. H5N1 is endemic in birds across nearly all
- Communicated by ProMED-mail
- Riau: 2 Suspected H5N1cases (children)
- Date: Mon 24 Sep 2007
- Source: China View, Xinhua News Agency report
- (According to local media on Mon 24 Sep 2007) 2 Indonesian
children were in critical condition at a hospital in Riau Province with
doctors strongly suspecting them of having developed bird flu symptoms
in the country where 84 (85 according to WHO as of 10 Sep 2007 - Mod.CP)
people already died of the virus.
- The 2 boys, ages one and 3, are being treated in isolated
rooms at the Arifin Ahmad Hospital in the provincial capital of Pekanbaru,
leading news website Detikcom said. [Detikcom quoted Dr. Azizman Saad with
the hospital as saying, "They are suffering high fever and respiratory
problems," and, "the condition of their lungs is deteriorating,
with excessive liquid production."
- Laboratory tests by the hospital indicated that the 2
patients had bird flu but further tests in Jakarta are needed for confirmation.
Over the last 2 years, bird flu killed 3 people in Riau alone.
- Communicated by ProMED-mail
- If these suspected cases of H5N1 avian influenza are
eventually confirmed by further laboratory testing they will become the
107th, 108th, and 109th cases to have occurred in Indonesia, and the deceased
30-year-old woman will become the 86th death. Previously there have been
more cases in West Java (29) than in Riau (4).
- A map showing the provinces of Indonesia is available
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at:
http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website:
http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa
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