Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia

The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced two new confirmed cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. A 45-year-old female from the city of Malang in East Java province developed symptoms on 22 February. She recovered and is in a healthy condition. The case disposed of dead chickens in the 4 days before onset of symptoms.

The second case, a 4-year-old female from the city of Pekanbaru in Riau province developed symptoms on 19 April, was hospitalized on 22 April but died on 28 April. Investigations into the source of infection are ongoing.

Laboratory tests on both cases confirmed infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Of the 165 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 136 have been fatal.

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