Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia - update 2

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

The case is a 2 year old female from Bekasi City, West Java Province. She developed symptoms on 2 March, was admitted to a health care facility on 3 March and referred to a hospital on 9 March. She has fully recovered from her illness.

The case’s mother (see update, 14 March) died of confirmed avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection one day prior to onset of illness in the new case.

The child accompanied her mother to the traditional market where live poultry were sold but investigations into the source of infection are ongoing.

Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus.

Of the 175 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 144 have been fatal.

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