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Monday, July 26, 2010

Pontianak, West Kalimantan : A girl possibly dies of bird flu

A breaking report from Ida at Bird Flu Information Corner :

" Pontianak : A 5-year-old girl from Toho, Kabupaten Pontianak, died after being treated for few hours in Soedarso regional hospital, Pontianak, West Kalimantan. The girl is suspected to contract bird flu H5N1 infection.

Wingky’s mother, Ratna, said her daughter died on Saturday evening (24/7) in Soedarso hospital. Wingky had been having high fever for a week before and then admitted to a public health center in Toho. Because illness continued, Wingky was then transferred to Rubini regional hospital in Mempawah, Kabupaten Pontianak. Later the hospital referred the girl to Santo Antonius hospital in Pontianak.

“In a day receiving treatment in Santo Antonius hosptial, my daughter was referred to Soedarso hospital and isolated as bird flu suspect patient,” Ratna added.

Ratna mentioned her daughter showed symptoms such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulty, and sore throat. Soedarso hospital had collected patient’s blood sample to be tested for H5N1.
Within last two months, six children have been treated as bird flu suspect patient in Soedarso hospital. All of them were tested negative.

It is unclear whether Wingky had any contact with birds, the family doesn’t rear any birds. However, patient’s parents said many chicken deaths were found in their neighborhood."

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