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Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia

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

The case is a 23 year-old male from Jakarta Province. He developed symptoms on 31 December 2011, was admitted to hospital on 6 January 2012 and died on 7 January 2012.

An epidemiological investigation conducted by the Ministry of Health and local health officers indicated that he raised pigeons, and there was a sick pigeon he nursed that subsequently died.

Laboratory tests have confirmed infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. Of the 183 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 151 have been fatal.

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