The World Health Organization (WHO) reports two new human cases of avian influenza (H5N1) in Indonesia. One and the other mortals, they were for a 5 year old girl and her brother 10 years. Small patients resided in the district of Bangla.
The investigation to trace the sources of infection revealed that the two children lived in contact with poultry. Some had also been found dead the day before the admission of two children in the hospital.
In total since 2003, WHO has identified 181 CASD H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia. With 149 deaths, the mortality rate is very high at 82%. WHO also reports that Indonesia is the country most affected by this disease, to Egypt, where 151 cases including 52 deaths were observed. The third most affected country is Vietnam, with 119 cases that were 59 deaths.
Globally, since 2003 the WHO reported 566 human cases of H5N1 flu. The average fatality rate stood at 58%, with 332 deaths.
Remember a few weeks ago, the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommended “monitoring and increased vigilance against a possible resurgence of the virus highly pathogenic avian influenza” . This warning was reached when a mutant strain of the deadly virus was spreading in Asia, with unpredictable risks to human health.
According to Juan Lubroth, Chief Veterinary Officer of FAO, “it appears that this expansion is related to migratory birds. “The recently affected regions are in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia.
According to the same specialist, “a further source of concern is the emergence in China and Vietnam, a variant of the virus apparently able to bypass the defenses provided by existing vaccines. ”
Vietnamese veterinary services are still on high alert. “There could be a resurgence of H5N1 this fall and winter,” warns Juan Lubroth.