Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 19

15 June 2006

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country’s 50th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

The case, which was fatal, occurred in a 7-year-old girl from Tangerang district, Banten Province. She developed symptoms on 26 May, was hospitalized on 30 May, and died on 1 June. Her 10-year-old brother died of respiratory disease on 29 May, but no specimens were taken for testing and the cause of his death cannot be determined.

An investigation found a history of chicken deaths in the household and neighbourhood prior to symptom onset. Laboratory testing of surviving family members and close contacts has been conducted and no further cases were found.

Of the 50 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 38 have been fatal.

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