Indonesia's Health Ministry recently announced the death of a 34-year-old Jakarta woman from H5N1 avian influenza, according to a translated statement from the country's communications ministry [see: Indonesia Ministry of Communication and Information. <http://bipnewsroom.info/index.php?&newsid=6>. - Mod.CP] that was posted today [2 Jul 2010] on the Bird Flu Information Corner blog [<http://birdflucorner.wordpress.com>], which is part of a collaboration between Kobe University in Japan and Airlangga University in Indonesia.
The woman got sick on 25 May 2010 and sought care 2 days later. She was hospitalized at a private facility the next day. After her pneumonia worsened, she was transferred to a regional hospital in Tangerang on 1 Jun 2010, where she died the same day. An investigation into the source of her infection revealed no apparent contact with birds, though she grew ornamental plants in her yard and had recently visited relatives in Tangerang city, which the Ministry said is an H5N1-endemic area. No flu-like symptoms have been noted among the woman's contacts or healthcare providers.
The Health Ministry said it has reported the woman's
illness and death to the World Health Organization (WHO). If confirmed
by the WHO, the woman's case will raise Indonesia's H5N1 count to 166
cases with 137 deaths, the highest in the world. Once the case is added
to the WHO's H5N1 count, the global count will reach 500 cases [see: Cumulative