Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 38
7 November 2005
The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed two additional cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza. The first newly confirmed case was a 19-year-old woman from Tangerang, near Jakarta, who developed symptoms on 19 October, was admitted to hospital on 26 October, and died on 28 October.
The second case is her 8-year-old brother. He developed symptoms on 25 October and remains hospitalized in good condition.
Field investigation has found evidence of sick and dying chickens in the residential area of the 8-year-old. His 19-year-old sister is known to have visited this area. Final results from an ongoing Ministry of Agriculture investigation are pending.
To date, Indonesia has confirmed 9 cases of human H5N1 infection of which 5 have been fatal.