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Published On: Sun, Nov 17th, 2013

Indonesia reports human H5N1 avian influenza fatality in West Java woman

The Indonesian Ministry of Health has confirmed and reported a new case of human H5N1 avian influenza in a woman from East Bekasi, West Java Province, according to a health ministry news release Friday (computer translated).

According to the information in the release, the patient is a 31- year-old housewife who first developed symptoms on Nov. 1. She was admitted to several clinics and hospitals and was diagnosed with typhoid fever at one point.

Her symptoms got progressively worse and she died on Nov. 11. The Center for Biomedical and Healthcare Technology Association, Balitbangkes confirmed the diagnosis as H5N1 avian influenza.

The epidemiological investigation into the victims home environment showed “there are about 50-60 birds are scattered about in four locations. About ± 500 meters from the house there is a case of general market spending in the occasional case of the market.”

The last case of H5N1 bird flu in Indonesia was reported in September of this year, in a 28-year-old male also from West Java Province. He also succumbed to the lethal viral disease.

Since 2005, Indonesia has reported 195 cases of human H5N1 avian influenza. Of these cases, 163 people have died, with a case-fatality of 83 percent.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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