Avian Influenza - Situation in Thailand, Indonesia - Update 36

Oct 25, 2005, 01:00 ET from World Health Organization

    GENEVA, Oct. 25 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The Ministry of Public Health in
 Thailand has confirmed an additional case of human infection with H5N1 avian
 influenza.  The patient, a 7-year-old boy from Kanchanaburi Province,
 developed symptoms on 16 October and was hospitalized on 19 October.  He is
 recovering.  He is the son of a confirmed case
 ( http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_10_20a/en/index.html ) who died on 19
     These are the first two confirmed cases in Thailand in a year.  Since the
 start of the outbreaks in Asia, Thailand has confirmed 19 cases, of which 13
 have been fatal.
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     The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed two additional cases of
 human infection with H5N1 avian influenza.
     The first newly confirmed case is a four-year-old boy from Sumatra Island
 in Lampung Province.  He developed symptoms on 4 October, was hospitalized,
 recovered fully, and has returned home.
     This case is the nephew of the 21-year-old man
 ( http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_10_10/en/index.html ) from Lampung, who was
 reported on 10 October 2005.  Although the two cases are related and lived in
 the same neighbourhood, human-to-human transmission is considered unlikely.
     The second newly confirmed case was a 23-year-old man from Bogor, West
 Java.  He was hospitalized on 28 September and died on 30 September.
     Epidemiological investigations uncovered exposure to infected poultry as
 the likely source of infection in both cases.
     To date, Indonesia has reported 7 human cases of H5N1 avian influenza.
 Four of these cases were fatal.
     Cumulative Number of Confirmed Human Cases of Avian Influenza A/(H5N1)
 Reported to WHO
     As of 24 October 2005, there are 121 cases and 62 deaths in Indonesia,
 Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia
     Notes: Total number of cases includes number of deaths.
            WHO reports only laboratory-confirmed cases.
     For more information, please contact:
      Dick Thompson, Communications Officer,
      Communicable Diseases, WHO
      Tel:    +41-22-791-2684
      Mobile: +41-79-475-5475
      Email:  thompsond@who.int

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