Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ALERT: Indonesia's confirmed A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 112

Indonesia has recorded 26 new A/H1N1 flu cases, bringing the total in the country to 112, Health Ministry said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

The 26 persons comprised two foreigners and 24 Indonesians, of whom 16 were being treated at hospitals in Jakarta, one in Medan of North Sumatra, six in Banten, one in Surabaya of east Java and two in Manado of North Sulawesi, Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health of the ministry Tjandra Yoga Aditama said in the statement.

Two of them had traveled to Australia and one to Singapore, the director said.

Eleven of the 26 persons were males and 15 were females, and they aged from 5 to 45 years old, he said.

So far there has been no confirmation of casualties from the disease in Indonesia, as the flu virus only has fatality rate of 0.4 percent.

The archipelago country with over 17,500 islands has been on alert on the dangers of the H1N1 virus since the severity of the threat from the virus on the third level. The World Health Organization has recently raised the alert level from five to six, which means the pandemic has occurred.

Original source: Xinhua

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