According to WHO (World Health Organization), the Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed an additional two cases of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
A 35-year old woman from Tangerang in the Banten province developed symptoms on 7 November and was taken up in hospital 3 days later. She remains hospitalized while her source of exposure is under investigation.
The second case is that of a 30-year old man from Karawang in the West Java province. His symptoms developed on 5 November and he was hospitalized on 10 November and died three days later.
An initial investigation about the source of exposure showed reports of chicken deaths near his home in the days before his symptom onset.
Of the 74 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 56 have been fatal.
World Health Organization: Epidemic and Pandemic Alert Response (ERP) (2006). Avian influenza – situation in Indonesia – update 37 (Electronic version). Retrieved November 23, 2006 http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_11_13/en/index.html
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