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RSOE EDIS Event Report avian influenza

January 27, 2012

Epidemic Hazard in China on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 at 16:25 (04:25 PM) UTC.


The mainland authorities say a man has died of H5N1 bird flu in Guizhou province, and they have notified the Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong. The centre said the patient was a 39-year-old man who developed symptoms on January 6 and was admitted to hospital the same day. The man did not report having been in contact with poultry before the onset of symptoms. Last month, a 39-year-old man in Shenzhen died after being diagnosed with bird flu. The authorities there said at the time that he hadn’t had any direct contact with poultry during the previous month. But a specialist in infectious diseases, Doctor Lo Wing-lok, said poultry should still be suspected as the probable source of infection.


Epidemic Hazard in Vietnam on Thursday, 19 January, 2012 at 06:45 (06:45 AM) UTC.

Vietnam has recorded its first human bird flu death in nearly two years, and although the victim worked at a duck farm the H5N1 virus has yet to be found in poultry there, officials said on Thursday. Test results confirmed that an 18-year-old man died of the disease on Monday after being hospitalized a day earlier, said Dang Thi Thanh of southern Kien Giang province’s health department. She said the man was working at a duck farm in neighbouring Can Tho City when he fell sick with a high fever and breathing problems. His house has been disinfected and those who were in contact with him remain under surveillance. No sick or dead poultry have been reported on the two farms where the man worked or among neighboring flocks, but samples have been collected for analysis and the farms have been disinfected, said Huynh Thi Khai Hoan, an animal health officer in Can Tho City. However, many of the ducks on the farms where the man worked had already been sold. H5N1 rarely infects humans and usually only those who come in direct contact with diseased poultry, but experts fear it will mutate into a new form that passes easily from person to person. Other human bird flu cases have been reported recently in Cambodia, Indonesia, Egypt and China. The World Health Organization says globally there have been 341 human deaths from 578 confirmed bird flu cases since 2003. About 60 of those deaths occurred in Vietnam. Before Monday, Vietnam had not seen a human bird flu death since April 2010, according to the Ministry of Health’s Preventive Medicine Department.

Epidemic Hazard in Cambodia on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 at 06:44 (06:44 AM) UTC.

A 2-year-old boy from the northwestern Cambodian province of Banteay Meanchey was infected with avian influenza H5N1 virus, Cambodia’sMinistry of Health and the World Health Organisation announced Friday 13 Jan 2012. The patient is currently in “critical condition” in Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap province. The boy became sick on 3 Jan 2012 with fever, cough, runny nose and vomiting, the statement said, adding that he was initially treated by local private practitioners, but his conditionsworsened and he was admitted to Angkor Hospital for Children on 9 Jan 2012. “The diagnosis of the clinical samples on 12 Jan 2012 found that the boy had contact with sick or dead poultry prior to becoming sick,” it said. The boy is the nineteenth person in Cambodia to become infected with the lethal H5N1 virus, and the first such victim this year, said the statement. Of all the nineteen cases, 16 died. “Avian influenza is still a threat to the health of Cambodians. This is the first case of H5N1infection in human this year, and children appear to be the most vulnerable,” the Minister of Health Mam Bunheng said in the statement.

Epidemic Hazard in Indonesia on Monday, 09 January, 2012 at 08:42 (08:42 AM) UTC.

An Indonesian man aged 23 years old who was suspected of having infected by avian flu virus died at 22: 50 p.m. local time on Jan 7, an official said here on Monday. Dr. Dien Emawati, M Kes., head of Health Department at the Province of Jakarta, said that the patient was suspected of being infected by the virus as he was sick following the death of one of his pigeon a week before. “On Jan 3, he was treated in Satya Negara Hospital with sicknesses of high fever, queasy and faint with body temperature of 39.2 Celsius degree. He was suspected of having avian flu virus as his condition worsened with suffocation, and we found a contact factor with his dead pigeon,” said Emawati. She said that the authorities of Jakarta province scrutinised fowls around the scene and destroyed chicken runs. “We also gave tamiflu (to prevent the spread of the flu) to the members of the victim’s family,” said Emawati. She added that the scrutiny will be intensified throughout Jakarta.


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