Indonesia reports its 66th avian flu case

first_imgSep 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Indonesian health ministry reported the country’s 66th H5N1 avian influenza case and 50th death today, this one in an 11-year-old boy who died Sep 18, according to several media reports.Runizar Ruesin, head of Indonesia’s bird flu information center, told Reuters the boy died at a hospital in Tulungagung in East Java province. An Associated Press report said the boy died 2 days after getting sick and just hours after he was admitted to the hospitalTests by two local laboratories confirmed that he had H5N1 avian influenza, Ruesin said.Indonesia has the most avian flu deaths of any country, but its case count is below Vietnam’s 93 cases. All of Indonesia’s cases have occurred since July 2005. The World Health Organization (WHO) had not yet recognized the new case at this writing.The boy had contact with dead chickens, which died in his house, Ruesin told Reuters. He said the health ministry would send investigators to the area where the boy lived. Ruesin told Bloomberg News today that authorities are testing the boy’s relatives and monitoring close contacts.The boy’s death marks the second avian flu fatality in the Tulungagung district in recent months. A 5-year-old boy from the district died Jun 16, according to the WHO.See also:Jul 4 WHO statement on previous case in Tulungagung districthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_07_04/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Iowa governor OK after chest pains prompt trip to hospital

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was taken to a hospital after experiencing chest pains on Thursday but returned to work at the Capitol later in the day.The governor’s office released a statement saying Reynolds noticed chest pains early Thursday and was taken to a hospital emergency room “out of an abundance of caution.”A doctor checked Reynolds and she was given blood tests, a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram test, which is commonly used to evaluate the heart. After all the tests came back normal, the governor was released.last_img