Bird-Flu 200 Dead and Counting….Another Three being treated in Bali
Indonesia, has had the largest number of human fatalities resulting from the H5N1 virus.
Indonesia is also the country where the Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari has delayed the development of effective vaccines by not sharing the tissue samples of its citizens who have died of the killer virus, with the World Health Organisation.
Siti Fadilah Supari
Indonesian Health Minister
On Monday, Supari strongly denied news reports quoting a research study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington saying that bird flu was spread between humans in the country last year.
“There is nothing new with the research results,” Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said at a press conference.
So I guess that it was no surprise to any one, that an Indonesian became the 200th person (that we know of) to die as a result of the deadly Bird-Flu.
On Thursday, the 6th of September, a 33-year-old plantation worker from central Sumatra, identified only by the initials GS, died in Raiu province on Sumatra Island.
He became the 200th victim of the killer virus that is known as Bird-Flu, but is killing a growing number of humans.
He died at the Arifin Achmad Hospital in Raiu, which is said to specialise in the treatment of bird flu patients.
Joko Suyanto, an official at the Indonesian Health Ministry’s Bird Flu Information Centre said that the victim began showing symptoms of bird flu on August 27 and was treated at two local hospitals before being transferred Sunday to Arifin Achmad Hospital in Pekanbaru, the provincial capital, with a fever, cough, pneumonia and respiratory problems.
“The first two hospitals didn’t know he had bird flu; that is why he had a slim chance to survive,” Suyanto told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, adding that “the victim had a history of consuming sick chickens from a nearby market.” !!
The plantation worker died at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT), the doctor treating him at the state general hospital in the city of Pekanbaru, Azizman Daad, told AFP.
Daad said it was not clear whether the man had come into contact with infected poultry, but he had bought two live chickens at a local market.
The Health Ministry had earlier said that he was recovering, but his condition deteriorated unexpectedly and he died Thursday, said Arman Zubair, an official at the Health Ministry’s monitoring post for bird flu.
Separately, two children and an adult on the island of Bali were being treated as suspected carriers of the virus, said Putu Andrika, from the bird flu team at Sanglah general hospital in the capital Denpasar.
“They are not in critical condition,” Andrika said.
Tests were being carried out to confirm whether they were infected, he added.
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