Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 23

20 July 2006

The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country’s 54th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

The case, which was fatal, occurred in a 44-year-old man from East Jakarta, Jakarta Province. He developed symptoms on 24 June, was hospitalized on 10 July, and died on 12 July.

The case may have acquired the infection from poultry around his home and animal health authorities have taken samples for testing. Another potential source of infection was a local wet market, which he regularly visited during the course of his work as the owner of a food stall.

Of the 54 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 42 have been fatal.

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