Two more Children Infected with Bird-Flu in Bali

More bad news from Indonesia with more children infected with the Bird-Flu!

Siti Fadilah Supari, The Indonesian Health Minister. 

ANTARA is reporting that another two infants from Bali, suspected of being infected with bird flu, were rushed to Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar on Friday night, bringing the number of suspected bird flu patients, who have been treated at the hospital in Bali to 13 so far.

The two were identified as Ahmad Zakaria (4), a resident of western Denpasar area, and Komang Budi Prayoga (3) of Sideman, Karangasem district, Bali Province, a staff member of Sanglah Hospital said here on on Saturday.

Currently, there are five suspected bird flu patients being treated in the hospital, a doctor said.

“However, we could not confirm whether it`s bird flu or not, because their blood samples are still being checked at the laboratory,” a doctor added.

Of the total 13 people having been treated in Bali so far, six were cured and had left the hospital. The other five are still being treated, and two residents died recently.

The avian flu virus broke out in Indonesian for the first time in 2005. The number of infected humans in Indonesia has reached 105 of whom 84 have died, the Indonesian Health Ministry said here recently.

The latest fatality was a 28-year-old woman, identified by her initials AS, who lived in Banjar Natu Gaing village, Tabanan district, Bali.

She had tested positive for the H5Ni virus which causes bird flu, according to a press statement issued by the Health Ministry`s public communication center.

Ms. AS died at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar on August 21 bringing the number of human bird flu cases in Indonesia to 105.

As 84 of them had died, the case fatality rate was 80 percent, the statemnt said.



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