Suspected Human Avian
Flu Spread Across Indonesia

By Wahyoe B Wardhana and Fadli
The Jakarta Post

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 for confirmation.
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. - Mod.CP
Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
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