We can never really be sure of the status of the Bird Flu virus in Indonesia, due to the increasingly draconian suppression of the news related to the spread of the H5N1 virus, in that country.
However, we do have some news related to the Bird-Flu virus from Indonesia today.
We are told that an Indonesian woman suspected of being infected with bird flu has died in the Riau province, on the island of Sumatra.
“The patient was treated in an isolation ward for bird flu patients at Arifin Achmad Regional General Hospital,” Burhanudin Agung of the Riau provincial health office said.
The 44 years old woman identified with the initials LT, lived at the Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) housing complex in Rumbai, Pekanbaru, had been treated at the Awal Bros hospital for four days before she was transferred to the Arifin Achmad Hospital on Thursday when her condition deteriorated.
A hospital representative said a blood sample had been sent to the Health Ministry’s laboratory in Jakarta to determine whether LT tested positive to the virus.
The hospital also sent a blood sample from another suspected bird flu patient, identified as RS, 5, from Risak Hulu in Riau Province’s Kampar District, to be tested.
According to Azizman Daad, a doctor at the Arifin Achmad Hospital in Riau province, “The woman who died early this morning was showing symptoms of bird flu infection, such high fever, coughing and breathing difficulties,”
He said it was unclear whether the woman, who lived in a residential complex run by US oil company Caltex, had been in contact with poultry.
If confirmed, the latest victim would be the nation’s 87th fatality.
Unless of course, there are other victims of this killer virus in Indonesia that we do not know about!
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