Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 3

15 January 2007

The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has confirmed the death of a 22-year-old woman from Tangerang City, Banten Province. The woman, whose infection was announced on 12 January, died later that day.

The Ministry of Health has also confirmed two additional cases of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza.

A 27-year-old woman1 from South Jakarta developed symptoms on 6 January 2007 and died on 12 January 2007. Investigations into the source of her exposure found reports of bird deaths near her home in the days prior to symptom onset.

The 18-year-old son of the 37-year-old woman from Tangerang City, Banten Province has now also been confirmed as infected with H5N1 avian influenza. He remains in hospital in a critical condition. Investigations into the source of his infection indicate similar environmental exposure as his mother.

Of the 79 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 61 have been fatal.

1 Previously reported as 22-year-old