Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update

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

The case is a 17 year-old male from Nusa Tenggara Barat Province. He developed fever on 28 February 2012 and sought treatment on 1 March 2012. His condition deteriorated and he was admitted to a referral hospital but he died on 9 March 2012.

Epidemiological investigation conducted by a team from the health office indicated that there were sudden poultry die-offs in his neighbourhood.

To date, of the 188 cases reported in Indonesia since 2005, 156 have been fatal.

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