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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:01 PM
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Indonesia Confirms First Human Deaths From Bird Flu
Indonesia Confirms First Human Deaths From Bird Flu
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

By Alan Sipress
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, July 20, 2005; 11:18 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 20 -- An Indonesian man died last week from bird flu, marking the country's first confirmed fatality from the highly lethal virus now circulating in much of Southeast Asia, health officials reported Wednesday.

Indonesian health officials have further concluded that two of his daughters, who died within days of him with similar influenza symptoms, were also killed by the disease although definitive laboratory results are lacking in their cases.


Avian influenza has already killed at least 56 people in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia since early last year. While the virus has struck poultry across much of Indonesia, contributing to the death of millions of birds, the country had been spared human infection until a farm worker tested positive for the disease last month with an extremely mild case.

Then, two weeks ago, a one-year-old girl from Tangerang in Jakarta's western suburbs died soon after being taken to a hospital suffering from a high fever and respiratory problems. Her father, Iwan Siswara Rafei, 37, died four days later, followed the next day by his 8-year-old daughter.

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SnowGoose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:16 PM
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1. Kick
and thanks for the regular updates on this important subject.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:06 PM
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2. Not good.
"Rafei, who worked as an employee in the government finance department, did not raise poultry. Health officials reported they have no evidence that members of his family had close contact with birds."

So far, every case has been directly attributable to contact with birds. If it has jumped to humans now, this extremely lethal flu could be the next great pandemic.
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 01:27 PM
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3. Pandemic Concerns
Yes, new cluster raise pandemic concerns. The father was a government auditor with a masters degree. However, H5N1 has been detected in pigs in the same area

http://www.recombinomics.com/News/07200505/H5N1_Indones...
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:29 PM
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4. That's comforting.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 02:32 PM by NCevilDUer
I'm sure government office workers have a lot of direct contact with pigs.

"Unfortunately, H5N1 does not read press releases."
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 11:52 AM
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5. Bird Flu Migrates to Russia
H5 confirmed in Russia (400 miles north or Tacheng Xinjiang)

http://www.recombinomics.com/News/07210501/H5_Russia_Ou...
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:33 PM
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6. Raging Pandemic in China
Word leaking out of possible ongoing raging pandemic in China

http://news.google.com/news?q=raging%20bird%20flu&hl=en...
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:49 PM
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8. kick
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:49 PM
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7. Just reading this stuff I want to stop all air travel NOW between
here and Asia and any connecting flights. Geez this is scary stuff!
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:53 PM
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9. Resistance to Military Enforced Quarantine
There is more to come. Resistance to military enforcement of quarantine.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:57 PM
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11. can you expand on that a bit? resisitance by whom, what, Indonesia?
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 01:28 PM
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12. Link to Resistance and Military in China
More info on military and resistance to H5N1 quarantines

http://news.google.com/news?q=h5n1%20military&hl=en&lr=...
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Tyler Durden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 12:54 PM
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10. You left out the WORST PART.
There is an excellent reason WHY pigs were used for insulin, replacement heart valves, skin graft protection...THEY ARE VERY CLOSE TO US, MEDICALLY.

In the same news from Indonesia, on NPR last night, they also revealed that the same people who died from Bird Flu had a pig that was ALSO positive for H5N1 (Bird Flu).

Swine are a virus transition vector for interspecies transfer to HUMANS.

I'll write you all from that small town in Canada.
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pandemic_1918 Donating Member (679 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 01:30 PM
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13. H5N1 in Pigs
H5N1 was in pigs in same Jakarta suburb. The father was an auditor. Don't think they had pigs.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 01:47 PM
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14. there's a somewhat parallel thread going on now on this below
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