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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bird Flu : Pontianak, West Kalimantan - Outbreak continues. A boy is under treatment

A big thanks to Ida at Bird Flu Information Center for this report :

" West Kalimantan, an officially certified bird flu free province in Indonesia, keep reporting bird flu outbreak.

Pontianak – A 4-year-old boy from Kecamatan (sub-district) North Pontianak suspected of having bird flu/avian influenza (H5N1) infection. Patient is currently isolated in dr Soedarso regional hospital in Pontianak. “One patient is under isolation. Throat swab has been sent to Laboratory of Health Research and Development (Litbangkes). Epidemiology investigation didn’t show other similar case,” confirmed Head of Health Service of Pontianak, Multi Juto Batharendo.

Many birds reported to have died lately in North Pontianak. Soedarso regional hospital is a bird flu referral hospital is West Kalimantan. Since sudden death in birds reported, the hospital has prepared facilities for anticipating bird flu patients, such as an isolation unit for bird flu patient and disease control medical team.

In the meantime, Health Service has done prevention measures such as epidemiology investigation, public socialization and Tamiflu distribution to public health centers."

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