Published Date: 2005-12-06 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza, human - East Asia (193): China, Indonesia
Archive Number: 20051206.3516
AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN - EAST ASIA (193): CHINA, INDONESIA
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Date: Tue 6 Dec 2005
From: ProMED-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Source: BBC News online, Tu 6 Dec 2005 [edited]
A girl from the southern Guangxi region is the country's 4th confirmed case
in the last month. 2 female farmers from eastern Anhui province died from
H5N1 avian influenza in November 2005. A young boy from central Henan also
contracted [the disease] but recovered.
The H5N1 virus has killed nearly 70 people in South-East Asia since the
outbreak began in 2003.
The girl at the centre of China's latest case has been suffering from fever
and pneumonia since 23 Nov 2005 and has been undergoing emergency
treatment, state media report. China's Center for Disease Control and
Prevention has alerted the World Health Organization, the Xinhua news
The "China Daily" newspaper says there have been at least 30 avian
outbreaks of bird flu in 11 provinces and regions [so far in 2005]. The
authorities in China have culled millions of birds, but experts are warning
that the virus is entrenched in parts of the country. Beijing has said it
will vaccinate all of the country's estimated 14 billion poultry, but it is
feared wild birds could spread the virus.
The disease is not transmitted easily from birds to humans, and no
human-to-human cases have been confirmed. But health officials remain
fearful that the virus could mutate into a form which could spread from
person to person, potentially sparking a global pandemic.
Date: Tue 6 Dec 2005
From: Marianne Hopp <email@example.com>
Source: World Health Organisation (WHO), CSR, Disease Outbreak News, Tue 6
Dec 2005 [edited]
The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed a further case of human
infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case occurred in a
25-year-old woman from Tangerang (west of Jakarta). She developed symptoms
of fever and stomach discomfort on 17 Nov 2005, followed by cough and
breathing difficulty. She was admitted to hospital on 23 Nov 2005 and died
on 25 Nov 2005.
The field investigation found a history of exposure to sick poultry around
her house. Testing of poultry and environmental samples has been undertaken
by the Ministry of Agriculture. Close contacts of the woman are being
The woman is the 13th case in Indonesia. Of these, 8 have been fatal.
[WHO confirmation of this 8th fatal case was reported earlier by the
Indonesian Ministry of Health; see part (1) of Avian influenza, human -
East Asia (190): Indonesia 20051204.3501. - Mod.CP]