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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Indonesia : Avian flu threatens to claim additional life

Via The Jakarta Post, excerpt :

" An 18-year-old man thought to be infected with avian flu was in critical condition at the Tangerang General Hospital as of Tuesday.

“The patient is still in isolation,” hospital spokesman Achmad Muchlis said. “He is exhibiting the symptoms of avian flu, but the team of doctors is still waiting for confirmation from laboratory results.”

The patient, a resident from Me-karsari village in Tangerang regency, suffered from a high fever for six days after which time he was taken to the private Sari Asih Hospital in Karawaci last Wednesday, when he developed respiratory problems.

As his condition worsened, the hospital transferred him to Tangerang General Hospital on Saturday.

According to the hospital’s president director, Mamahit, the family informed doctors that before the patient fell sick, one of the ducks he had raised had died.

“Referring to the case history and the symptoms he was suffering from, we treated him as a bird flu patient,” he told reporters.

A team from the Tangerang Health Agency conducted a survey around the patient’s neighborhood."

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