Avian Influenza No Spatial Change

The WHO Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response reports no change in the spatial distribution of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, although cases occurring in Indonesia is consistent with linear projections. Below are most recent cases from affected countries.

Azerbaijan
11 April 2006 — The case is a 17-year-old girl who developed symptoms on 11 March. She was seriously ill with bilateral pneumonia but has since fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Cambodia
6 April 2006 — The Ministry of Health in Cambodia has confirmed the country’s sixth case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case occurred in a 12-year-old boy from the south-eastern province of Prey Veng, which borders Viet Nam.

China
16 June 2006 — The Ministry of Health in China has confirmed the country’s 19th case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The patient is a 31-year-old man employed as a truck driver in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, near the border with Hong Kong.

Djibouti
12 May 2006 — The Ministry of Health in Djibouti has confirmed the country’s first case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The patient is a 2-year-old girl from a small rural village in Arta district. She developed symptoms on 23 April. She is presently in a stable condition with persistent symptoms.

Egypt
5 May 2006 — The Ministry of Health in Egypt has announced the country’s 5th death from H5N1 avian influenza. The death occurred in a previously reported case, a 27-year-old woman from Cairo. She was hospitalized on 1 May and died on 4 May.

Indonesia
14 July 2006 — The Ministry of Health in Indonesia has confirmed the country’s 53 rd case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case, which was fatal, occurred in a 3-year-old girl from a suburb of Jakarta.

Iraq
1 March 2006 — A WHO collaborating laboratory in the United Kingdom has verified H5N1 avian influenza as the cause of death in a 39-year-old Iraqi man, previously announced by the Ministry of Health.

Thailand
9 December 2005 — The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand has confirmed a further case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case occurred in a 5-year-old boy, who developed symptoms on 25 November, was hospitalized on 5 December, and died on 7 December. The child resided in the central province of Nakhonnayok.

Turkey
30 January 2006 — A WHO collaborating laboratory in the United Kingdom has now confirmed 12 of the 21 cases of H5N1 avian influenza previously announced by the Turkish Ministry of Health. All four fatalities are among the 12 confirmed cases.

Viet Nam
25 November 2005 — The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam has confirmed a further case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza. The case is a 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong Province. He developed symptoms on 14 November and was hospitalized on 16 November. He has been discharged from hospital and is recovering.

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