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#58696 - 14 Aug 07 08:16 Bali's Ayam Problem
riccardo Offline

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
Indonesian woman in Bali may have died from bird flu

13 Aug 2007 03:59:10 GMT, Source: Reuters

JAKARTA, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Samples from an Indonesian woman who died on Sunday on the resort island of Bali have tested positive for bird flu after an initial test, officials said on Monday.

A second laboratory test, which is now being conducted, is necessary to confirm the initial findings, Joko Suyono of the health ministry's bird flu centre said.

If confirmed, it would be the first human case of the H5N1 virus in Bali, the centre of Indonesia's tourism industry.

The woman's five-year-old daughter also died recently after playing with chickens but it was unclear if the girl died of bird flu.

The woman, 29, from a village in the district of Jembrana in western Bali, was suffering from a high fever before dying of multiple organ failure, said Ken Wirasandi, a doctor at the Sanglah hospital in the Balinese capital Denpasar.

Suyono said there had been sick chickens around the woman's house and many had died suddenly in recent weeks.

"The villagers didn't burn the carcasses. Instead they buried them or fed them to pigs," Suyono added.

Contact with sick fowl is the most common way for humans to contract the H5N1 virus.

The woman had started showing symptoms more than a week ago, but was only admitted to hospital six days later.

She was transferred to a bigger hospital in Denpasar on Friday, where she was treated in the isolation unit, Suyono said.

He said initial investigations indicated last month the daughter had become sick after playing with chickens and died a week later.

"We were unable to retrieve any tissue samples, so we can't confirm whether she died of bird flu," Suyono added.

Bird flu is endemic in bird populations in most parts of Indonesia, where millions of backyard chickens live in close proximity with humans.

Experts fear if the virus develops the ability to pass easily between humans, millions might die in a pandemic.

Indonesia has had 81 confirmed human deaths from bird flu, the highest for any country in the world.

So far there have been 319 confirmed human cases and 192 deaths globally, according to World Health Organisation data.
Just here proffering my pearls to swine, my throat to wolves and my trousers to the flagpole.

#58697 - 14 Aug 07 08:19 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: riccardo]
riccardo Offline

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
Bird flu death in Bali - Australians on alert
Disease/Infection News
Published: Monday, 13-Aug-2007

Health officials in Indonesia have confirmed the first human death from bird flu in Bali in a village in the north-west district of Jembrana, an area where poultry is known to be affected.

Officials say tests have shown the 29-year-old woman had been infected with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.

The woman died of multiple organ failure on Sunday; her 5-year-old daughter who died a week earlier had also been suffering from similar symptoms but the cause of her death remains unclear.

It is also unclear whether the woman contracted bird flu from the chickens or from her daughter.

According to Joko Suyono, the head of Indonesia's National Bird Flu Commission, dead chickens were found around the around the woman's home in a village in the island's west.

Concern has been raised by reports that some of the villagers had fed the dead chickens to pigs rather than burn them.

Indonesia is the world's worst affected country and has Asia's highest incidence of bird flu; to date 82 people have died from it in the country.

Since the H5N1 virus emerged in South East Asia in late 2003, it has claimed more than 190 lives around the world.

Indonesia health officials have had a battle getting the bird flu message through to people particularly in rural areas.

Almost all cases of the deadly virus in humans have occurred because of close contact with infected poultry.

Experts fear the virus could mutate to a form which could be easily passed from human to human, triggering a pandemic and potentially putting millions of lives at risk.

Bird flu has been endemic in Bali's poultry population since 2003 and health officials say they will intensify efforts to eradicate bird flu from Bali and will work with the tourism industry to try to make sure it does not affect the island's economy.

Attempts by Indonesia's bird flu task force to educate people across the archipelago on how to avoid catching the virus from their birds have clearly failed and this latest case serves to illustrate the problems authorities have in getting the message through.

The death is another blow to Indonesia's tourism industry which is still struggling to recover from the Bali bombings.

Bali is a top tourist destination particularly for Australians and Australian health officials are said to be on high alert and are closely monitoring the investigation into the deaths.

It is unlikely there would be any immediate warnings for up to 5,000 Australians now on the island, because the infections occurred in a relatively remote area, hours away from tourist precincts.

The World Health Organisation's Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, says there was no need for tourists to panic as most cases occur in rural villages and not in tourist areas.

As many as 150,000 Australians visited Bali in the first half of this year, according to Indonesia's Statistics Bureau.

Indonesia has been in the news of late because of it's reluctance to share live samples of bird flu which are essential to the development of an effective vaccine.
Just here proffering my pearls to swine, my throat to wolves and my trousers to the flagpole.

#58698 - 14 Aug 07 08:31 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: riccardo]
chewwyUK Offline

Registered: 14 Sep 06
Posts: 2392
Loc: Jakarta
Just what Bali needs now .... another reason for tourists to keep away. The poor buggers are only just starting to see a recovery over there!

I have heard rumour that a large local pharmaceuticals company has just started to to set up a H5N1 R&D facility in Indonesia. Some very expensive talent has been flown in to the country and the facilities they have on hand are world class.

Given the connections this company enjoys I would imagine that getting access to Bird Flu samples will be no problem at all!

It would be nice to see Indonesia in the news as the country that developed a successful Bird Flu vaccine

Edited by Piss Salon
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#58709 - 14 Aug 07 10:49 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: chewwyUK]
emmajkt Offline

Registered: 02 Mar 07
Posts: 698
Loc: here, there and everywhere
crap, another reason i can not go to bali
bla bla bla

#58729 - 14 Aug 07 13:27 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: riccardo]
riccardo Offline

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
Bird flu claims its first fatality on Bali
South China Morning Post article
by Fabio Scarpello

Health officials have confirmed the first bird flu fatality on the Indonesian island of Bali and are awaiting results on two more possible infections. Ni Luh Putu Sri Windani, 29, from
Jembrana, a remote area in the northwest of the island, died in hospital in the capital, Denpasar, on Sunday.

She was taken to Sanglah general hospital with breathing difficulties and a high fever on Saturday. Two separate tests confirmed she died from H5N1.

Officials were also trying to determine whether her five-year-old
daughter, who was cremated after dying on August 3, had the virus. A two-year-old neighbour who was admitted
to hospital on Sunday was also suspected to have contracted the

Ningrum, a doctor from the Bird Flu Information Centre, said the five-year-old “was diagnosed as suffering from pneumonia, and chickens, which died at the house were positively infected with bird flu”.

“From the symptoms and the dead birds, we can assume that the
child also had bird flu,” she said. Siadi Purniti, a specialist at the hospital’s children’s unit, said the two-year-old girl’s condition was not deteriorating. “The patient is now
under my supervision. We received her with high fever and with reports that a chicken died in her neighbourhood,”
she said.

Ketut Subrata, the head of the Bali
Health Agency’s contagious diseases
division, said steps were needed to
avoid the risk of further fatalities.
“We need to do a survey of the surroundings
of the people diagnosed
with bird flu and transfer those potentially
infected to Sanglah, where
they can be better treated,” he said.

Although the mother and daughter
were far from major tourist centres,
the death may be another blow
to tourism on Bali, which is recovering
from deadly Islamist bombings in
2002 and 2005.

“We’ll do intensive monitoring,”
said Bayu Krisnamurti, the head of
Indonesia’s national bird flu commission.
“The central government
will help the Balinese government get
Bali free of bird flu.” Culling of poultry
in the area had already taken place.
Outbreaks are usually followed by
the culling of all poultry within a 1km
to 3km radius. But an adviser to the
UN Food and Agriculture Organisation
said the procedures would be

“In this case, the woman was
probably infected in mid-July,” John
Weaver said. “The virus is lethal, so it
is likely that the infected poultry have
since died. Culling the poultry within
a certain radius now is pointless.”
Joko Suyono, of the health ministry’s
bird flu centre, said there had
been sick chickens around the woman’s
house and many had died suddenly
in recent weeks.

“The villagers didn’t
burn the carcasses. Instead
they buried them
or fed them to pigs,” Mr
Suyono said.

Mr Bayu said officials from the
World Health Organisation and the
Food and Agriculture Organisation,
as well as national health and agriculture
ministries, were at the village,
Dauh Tukad Aya.

Sanglah hospital chief Gusti Lanang
Rudiartha said the two-year-old
girl had been transferred from a
local hospital after having a fever for
seven days. “When she arrived she already
had difficulties breathing ... Her
condition was already serious.”
To date, 320 people from a dozen
countries have been infected with the
virus, of whom an estimated 192 have
died. Experts fear the virus could mutate
to one easily transmitted from
human to human, leading to a global


#58730 - 14 Aug 07 13:32 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: riccardo]
riccardo Offline

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
That article above was copied from a PDF file, so some of the formatting is a bit off.
Just here proffering my pearls to swine, my throat to wolves and my trousers to the flagpole.

#58762 - 14 Aug 07 16:31 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: riccardo]
yourfather Offline

Registered: 10 Apr 07
Posts: 136
Loc: melbourne australia
i thought that this article was going to be about prostitution

#58765 - 14 Aug 07 17:21 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: yourfather]
Shesca Offline

Registered: 12 Aug 06
Posts: 852
Loc: Jakarta
sorry to ruin your fantasy, yf
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.

#58909 - 15 Aug 07 19:47 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: Shesca]
yourfather Offline

Registered: 10 Apr 07
Posts: 136
Loc: melbourne australia
you just crushed my <3

#59177 - 19 Aug 07 15:41 Re: Bali's Ayam Problem [Re: yourfather]
DCShogun Offline

Registered: 16 Mar 07
Posts: 15
Loc: Jakarta
I'm willing to fund a science project by any Bali high school student who can prove a correlation between this FLU BURUNG case and the simultaneous dwindling of ALCOHOL STOCKS in Bali.

wear gloves.


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