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May 31, 2006

May 31, 2006

Indonesia reports another avian flu death

(CIDRAP News) – A 15-year-old boy in West Java has become Indonesia's latest avian flu fatality, according to news reports that cited local tests.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that in the remote North Sumatra village that witnessed a large family cluster of avian flu cases, no cases suggestive of H5N1 infection have been detected since May 22.

May 30, 2006

May 30, 2006

WHO confirms 6 new H5N1 cases in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed yesterday six new cases of H5N1 avian flu in geographically widespread areas of the country, but none associated with the Karo, North Sumatra, family cluster that killed at least six people earlier this month.

Of the six new cases, three have been fatal, raising the number of cases in Indonesia to 48 and the number of deaths to 36, all in 2005 and 2006, according to WHO statistics.

May 23, 2006

May 23, 2006

Case for human spread of avian flu in Indonesia grows

(CIDRAP News) – All seven confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza in the family cluster in Indonesia involved "close and prolonged exposure" to another infected person, suggesting person-to-person transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

May 19, 2006

May 19, 2006

Another Indonesian H5N1 death confirmed, not part of cluster

(CIDRAP news) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 12-year-old Indonesian boy from East Jakarta died of avian influenza.

The boy was not part of the extended family case cluster in northern Sumatra that involved at least six people, five of whom died. Officials are still investigating the source of that outbreak and whether it involved human-to-human transmission.

May 17, 2006

May 17, 2006

WHO confirms avian flu case cluster in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization officials have confirmed five cases of H5N1 avian influenza in an Indonesian family in North Sumatra, plus a fatal case in a woman from East Java, news services reported today.

Additionally, Indonesia's health ministry said local tests revealed the H5N1 strain in a 12-year-old Jakarta boy who died 4 days ago, according to a Reuters report. This case, however, has yet to be confirmed by the WHO.

May 15, 2006

May 15, 2006

Indonesia blames 5 deaths in family on avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – Indonesian authorities have attributed the deaths of five members of one extended family to H5N1 avian influenza, and three surviving relatives are also suspected of having the virus, according to news services.

May 12, 2006

May 12, 2006

Study suggests older antivirals could help fight H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – An analysis of more than 600 H5N1 avian influenza viruses collected from several Asian countries suggests that two older antiviral drugs could be more useful in fighting a flu pandemic triggered by H5N1 than previously believed.

May 08, 2006

May 08, 2006

WHO confirms 25th avian flu death in Indonesia

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that a 30-year-old man who died in late April was Indonesia's 25th avian influenza fatality.

May 01, 2006

May 01, 2006

Avian flu blamed in another Indonesian death

(CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian man whose death was attributed to H5N1 avian influenza will bring Indonesia's death toll from the virus to 25, if his case is confirmed outside the country.

The man reportedly had come into contact with his neighbor's infected chickens in Tangerang, 25 miles west of Jakarta, according to a CNN.com story on Apr 28.

Apr 18, 2006

Apr 18, 2006

China has avian flu case; virus hits poultry in Sudan

(CIDRAP News) – A Chinese man in Hubei province has contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus, while the pathogen has struck poultry in Sudan for the first time, according to news services.

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