Eighth Human Bird Flu
Death Confirmed
In Indonesia
Indonesia: 8th Human Avian Influenza Death Confirmed

From ProMed
(Reuters) -- Indonesia has had its 8th human death due to avian influenza confirmed by a Hong Kong laboratory affiliated with the World Health Organization, a senior Health Ministry official said on Sat 3 Dec 2005. Hariadi Wibisono told Reuters that the results [of diagnostic tests] on the 25-year-old woman, who died earlier this week, made her Indonesia's 8th confirmed death from H5N1 avian influenza virus infection. "We got the result this morning. She was positive," said Wibisono, who heads a department charged with eradicating animal-borne diseases.
Officials have previously said the woman had contact with dead chickens before being admitted to a Jakarta hospital. Another 5 people [in addition to the other 7 fatal cases] have been confirmed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia but have survived.
The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain is endemic in poultry in parts of Asia, where it has killed more than 60 people.
Experts fear H5N1 could mutate into a form that passes easily among people, just like human influenza. If it does, millions could die because they would have no immunity. Most human bird flu cases in Asia have been blamed on direct or indirect contact with infected chickens.
The total number of human cases of avian influenza virus infection in Indonesia now becomes 13, 8 with fatal outcomes. The total number of cases throughout East Asian since December 2003 now becomes 134, and the death toll is now 69. - Mod.CP
Viet Nam: Nurse Suspected of Contracting Avian Influenza
Evening Echo News 12-5-5
Vietnamese health officials said today [Sat 3 Dec 2005] that they suspect that a nurse who cared for an avian influenza patient has contracted the disease that has killed 46 people across Southeast Asia. [The current death toll in East Asia since December 2003 is 69. - Mod.CP]
Dao Trong Bich, Deputy Director of the Medical Centre in Thai Thuy District in northern Thai Binh province, said that the woman had cared for a 21-year-old man who tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus and that [she] remains in critical condition. The 41-year-old nurse, also from Thai Binh province, was hospitalized on Thursday [1 Dec 2005] in Hanoi with a high fever, coughing and a lung infection, typical avian influenza symptoms. Specimens have been taken from her for testing, and results are expected this week, the doctor said.
She is in stable condition. If tests confirm it, she would be the 2nd Vietnamese health care worker to be sickened by the bird flu virus. Bich said health authorities are closely monitoring the health of 2 doctors and 2 other nurses at the center who had contact with the 21-year-old man. None have shown any symptoms, he added.
The 21-year-old man is at the center of a cluster of bird flu cases that include his 14-year-old sister and 80-year-old grandfather, who has the virus without showing any symptoms.
Sent by Michael J. Buman, RN Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Bullhead City, AZ USA
This report should be interpreted with caution. It has not yet been confirmed that the nurse in question has contracted avian influenza virus infection, nor that 21-year-old patient cared for by the nurse has been confirmed as an avian influenza case by laboratory testing. The cluster of cases comprising the 21-year-old patient, his sister and asymptomatic grandfather could merely indicate independent infections contacted from a common source rather than presumptive person-to-person transmission of infection. Further clarification is awaited. - Mod.CP
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