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Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia - update

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 5 year-old female from Jakarta Province. She was identified by a surveillance team during an investigation in the area on 7 January 2012 and was referred to a hospital. On 13 January 2012, she had breathing difficulties. Her condition deteriorated and she died on 16 January 2012.

Epidemiological investigation indicated that she was a family contact of case 183, and frequently had direct contact with the same pigeons as that case, and the same household environment.

Surveillance of other contacts has not identified further cases.

Of the 184 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 152 have been fatal.

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