- As of 25 Jan 2006, the Ministry of Health in China has
confirmed the country's 10th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian
influenza virus. The case occurred in a 29-year-old woman from Chengdu
City in the south-central province of Sichuan. She developed fever on 12
Jan 2006 and was hospitalized with symptoms of pneumonia. Authorities
say her condition deteriorated rapidly, and she died on 23 Jan 2006. Information
provided to WHO indicates that she was self-employed in a shop selling
dry goods. No information on possible exposure to diseased birds as the
source of her infection is presently available, but an investigation is
underway. Close contacts have been placed under medical observation.
- This is the 2nd human case reported this year 
in China, both from Sichuan Province. The 2 Sichuan cases occurred in
different prefectures located around 150 km apart. A confirmed outbreak
of H5N1 in poultry began in late December 2005 in another part of the
province. No outbreaks have been confirmed in the areas where the 2 human
- During 2005, Chinese agricultural authorities reported
32 outbreaks in poultry in 12 provinces, resulting in the culling of more
than 24 million birds. The appearance of human cases in areas without
reported poultry outbreaks is a cause for concern. WHO recommends that,
in China, testing for possible H5N1 infection should be undertaken in
all cases of severe respiratory disease having no alternative diagnosis,
even when no poultry outbreak has been reported in the patient's area
- Of the 10 cases confirmed in China, 7 have been fatal.
The cases have occurred in 7 provinces and regions: Anhui, Guangxi, Liaoning,
Jiangxi, Fujian, Hunan, and Sichuan. No poultry outbreaks have been officially
reported in 2 of these provinces.
- Japanese Group Says North Korean Infected
With Avian Influenza
- World Health Organization
CSR -Disease Outbreak News
- (Reuters) -- A Japanese group helping defectors from
North Korea said on Wed [25 Jan 2006] that a woman in Pyongyang was infected
with bird flu last month, after chickens carrying the disease were found
in the capital. Lee Young-wha, head of Rescue the North Korean People's
Urgent Action Network, did not elaborate on how members of his group had
found the woman to be affected but said she was reported to have been admitted
to a Red Cross hospital in December .
- He had the group, strongly critical of North Korean leader
Kim Jong-il, make checks, after scientists from a group representing pro-Pyongyang
Koreans living in Japan went to North Korea carrying 10 packs of the anti-flu
drug Tamiflu. Lee, however, said members of the group could not verify
whether the woman had been infected with the virulent H5N1 strain of avian
influenza or a less virulent strain.
- North Korea's state media said in November 2005 that
it was stepping up its efforts to counter an outbreak of bird flu, but
no cases of human infection had been reported.
- A ProMED-mail correspondent in Japan has provided the
following additional information from Sankei Shimbun, Japan's 5th largest
daily newspaper. A government source has stated that there have been outbreaks
of bird flu in rural areas of North Korea since September 2005 and outbreaks
in 3 areas of Pyongyang in December 2005. At least one woman was infected
and admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Pyongyang. A Japanese public
security service source confirmed that the Association of Chosun People
in Japan delivered a quantity of Tamiflu to Pyongyang last September .
- Further information about the current disease situation
in North Korea and confirmation or not of the suspected human case would
be welcomed. - Mod.CP
- Indonesia: Chicken Vendor Hospitalized with
- (Reuters) -- An Indonesian chicken seller in Jakarta
is in hospital after being infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus, according
to local test results, a senior Health Ministry official said on Wed 25
Jan 2006. Hariadi Wibisono, director of control of animal-borne diseases
at the ministry, said the 22-year-old man was being treated in a Jakarta
hospital designated for bird flu patients.
- "Local tests show he was positive for avian influenza
virus. He is a chicken vendor in a traditional market," Wibisono said,
adding blood samples had been sent to a Hong Kong laboratory recognized
by the World Health Organization for confirmation.
- Indonesia has had 14 confirmed deaths from bird flu and
5 cases in which patients have survived.
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