- Viet Nam Youth Dies Of H5N1
- A patient, 23 years of age, resident of Sam Min city
of Dien Bien, had eaten quantities of duck soup for about a
week before he fell ill. His death is the 5th fatality this
year  as a consequence of avian influenza H5N1 virus
- According to the Department of Preventive Health and
Environment (Ministry of Health), on 18 Nov 2009 the patient
developed sudden high fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
6 days later his medical condition worsened and he was transferred
on 25 Nov 2009 to the Clinic in the area of Phu. A day later
he was transferred to the provincial hospital in Dien Bien,
was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and he received antibiotic
and antipyretic treatment. The patient's condition continued
to deteriorate and he died on 28 Nov 2009.
- On 29 Nov 2009 the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
reported that the patient had tested positive for H5N1 virus
translated from the Vietnamese original at http://vnexpress.net/GL/Doi-song/2009/11/3BA162F1/
- Communicated by ProMED-mail
- Official confirmation of this suspected human case of
avian influenza (H5N1) virus infection in Viet Nam is awaited.
If confirmed this will be the 5th case in Viet Nam during 2009,
and the 57th overall. There has been no proof in the past in
any country that avian influenza (H5N1) virus infection can
be contracted by consumption of cooked poultry or poultry products.
It must be presumed that the victim in this incident had been
exposed to live or recently deceased infected ducks. - Mod.CP
- AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN - INDONESIA (WEST SUMATRA)
- Date: Mon 30 Nov 2009 Source: Bird Flu Information Corner
- Duck Farmer Suspected Of Contracting Bird Flu
- A 37-year-old resident of Tanjuang Durian, suspected
to have contracted bird flu [avian influenza A/(H5N1)] virus,
(has been) admitted to M Djamil hospital.
- The patient is a duck farmer who had been raising hundreds
of ducks. He is reported to have found that almost of all his
ducks suddenly died. Subsequent to this [event], he buried
the dead ducks. He developed high fever at noon the same day,
and his family gave him an antipyretic drug, a brand of paracetamol.
His fever [increased during] the afternoon and his family took
him to Pasa Baru Public Health Center in the evening. The Public
Health Center then referred the patient to M Zein Painan Hospital,
where he was diagnosed as a bird flu suspect. The patient was
transferred then to M Djamil hospital to receive [more appropriate]
treatment as a suspected bird flu patient.
- Communicated by ProMED-mail
- An interactive map of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra
can be accessed at: http://www.mapofsumatra.com/
- Numerous suspected human cases of avian H5N1 influenza
have been reported regularly in various regions of Indonesia,
mostly in the local press, but none have been confirmed subsequently.
According to the WHO Timeline there has been no confirmed case
of avian influenza (H5N1) virus infection in Indonesia throughout
- During 2009 so far Egypt has been the most affected country
with 39 confirmed cases, followed by China with 7 cases and
Viet Nam with 4. - Mod.CP
- Indonesia's poultry/waterbirds industry has been heavily
and continuously H5N1-infected. I have recently met one of
the international experts with Indonesian experience and he
confirmed that this is still the situation. ProMED-mail have
posted 32 items on avian influenza in Indonesia (including
25 on suspected human cases) since the beginning of 2009. -
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural
Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases"
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