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AVIAN INFLUENZA

posted 20 Oct 2011, 02:30 by Evelina Simanjutak   [ updated 15 Nov 2011, 00:56 by Horea Salajan ]

AVIAN INFLUENZA ALTERT
Unfortunately, Bird Flu is back in the news again. On 10th October, public health officials confirmed a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1). The patient developed symptoms in the West Jakarta mayoralty in Jakarta on Aug. 8, was hospitalized on Aug. 15, and died on Aug. 25. Investigators concluded she had been in frequent contact with live or freshly-slaughtered chickens through a family member's work. Authorities in Indonesia have reported a total of eight human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) in 2011, including six related deaths.

Background
Indonesia has reported more human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) and related deaths than any other country in the world - 179 cases and 147 deaths nationwide since 2005. Local media sources, however, consistently report large numbers of bird deaths and suspected avian influenza cases that are never reported by authorities or investigated by the WHO.
Advice
The risk of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) is low and is greatest for individuals involved in slaughtering, de-feathering, butchering, and/or preparing poultry for cooking. Stay away from live birds and undercooked poultry. Birds excrete large amounts of the virus in their feces; avoid direct contact with surfaces or objects contaminated by bird droppings. Wash your hands and kitchen work-surfaces with SOAP whenever you are working or cooking with chickens. ALWAYS wash your hands with soap before eating. Never eat undercooked or red chicken - heat kills the virus.

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