Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia

The Ministry of Health of Indonesia has announced a new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.

A 26 year old female from Karawang District, West Java Province developed symptoms on 30 January. She was hospitalized on 3 February, and was treated with oseltamivir, but died on 8 February.

Initial investigations indicate the case bought poultry meat at a traditional market and took home chickens that were slaughtered after purchase and prepared at the market.

Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.

Of the 172 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 142 have been fatal.

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