While H1N1 moves into its post-pandemic phase, it is worth remembering that H5N1 remains in Pre-Pandemic Phase III.
Outbreaks occur primarily in birds, but sporadic widely scattered human cases are reported as well, particularly in Indonesia and Egypt.
Surveillance and reporting from many countries is less than ideal, and so other cases are likely occurring that we never hear about.
Today Ida at BFIC has a translation of a local media report of a possible human H5N1 infection in the wake of a recent outbreak among poultry.
For now, this is just a suspect case.
Posted by Ida on August 10, 2010
Bengkulu – Bird flu or avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in Bengkulu which had caused hundreds of chicken death may have spread among human.
A resident of Lempuing, Bengkulu city with initial P (19) had been admitted to M Yunus regional hospital due to bird flu infection suspicion, Friday (6/8). Patient developed fever and sore throat after burying dead chickens few days before.
“We’re treating a bird flu suspect patient in an isolation unit, but we’re still not sure whether the patient has bird flu or not,” director of M Yunus hospital, dr Zulman Zuri confirmed. “For now we don’t suspect bird flu infection because patient is getting better after being treated here. We’re collecting throat swab every day for three days and send it to NHIRD, Ministry of Health laboratory. We have done chest x-ray too, but still waiting for the laboratory result,” added Zulman.
In the other hand, M Yunus hospital has prepared two special rooms for bird flu patient. Those room to be guarded and equipped for the safety of patients and health workers.
Meanwhile, Bengkulu city has been stated as bird flu exceptional area by Local Disease Control Center (LDCC). The disease has spread to three municipals (kabupaten), Betungan, Bengkulu Tengah and Kepahiang. However, Emran Kuswady, coordinator of LDCC said so far the disease had not spread to farm area.
Source: Indonesia local newspaper, Harian Rakyat Bengkulu