GENEVA, Oct. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- One new case of human
infection with bird flu was confirmed in Thailand and two additional cases were
confirmed in Indonesia, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday.
The patient in Thailand is a 7-year-old boy who
developed symptoms on Oct. 16 and was hospitalized on Oct. 19, the WHO said in a
statement, adding that the boy is recovering.
The boy is the son of a confirmed case who died on
Oct. 19. These are the first two confirmed cases in Thailand in a year. Since
the start of the outbreaks in Asia, Thailand has confirmed 19 cases, of which 13
have been fatal.
The Ministry of Health in Indonesia confirmed two
additional cases of human infection with H5N1 bird flu virus, the WHO added.
The first newly confirmed case is a four-year-old boy
from Sumatra Island in Lampung Province. He developed symptoms on Oct. 4, was
hospitalized, recovered fully, and has returned home. He is the nephew of the
21-year-old man from Lampung, who was reported on Oct.10.
Although the two cases are related and lived in the
same neighborhood, the UN health agency said human-to-human transmission is
The second newly confirmed case in Indonesia was a
23-year-old man from Bogor, West Java. He was hospitalized on Sept. 28 and died
on Sept. 30.
Epidemiological investigations uncovered exposure to
infected poultry as the likely source of infection in both cases, said the WHO.
To date, Indonesia has reported 7 human cases of H5N1
bird flu, and four of the cases were fatal. Enditem