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Indonesia reports H5N1 avian influenza death

The World Health Organization (WHO) received one new laboratory-confirmed human case of influenza A(H5N1) virus infection reported from Indonesia.

H5N1 avian influenza/CDC

The patient was a child who had illness onset on 1 September 2017. He was hospitalized on 5 September and on 10 September, a sample collected from the patient tested positive for A(H5N1) virus. The patient passed away on 10 September.

Prior to illness onset, he reportedly had exposure to poultry at his house. A joint investigation between the human health and animal health sector confirmed A(H5N1) infected birds in the area and samples collected from all human contacts of the patient tested negative for A(H5N1) virus infection.

The last human cases of A(H5N1) virus infection reported from Indonesia occurred in 2015.

Since 2003, a total of 860 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus, including 454 deaths, have been reported to WHO from 16 countries.

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