Thursday, August 6, 2009

Third Indonesian dies from H1N1 as infection rate jumps

Another patient infected with the H1N1 flu died on Sunday (2/8) after being treated for several days at the Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta.

The 24-year-old woman is the third Indonesian to die from the H1N1 flu and resulting complications, as the number of people infected with the virus continues to rapidly increase across the nation.

The first victim to succumb to the new virus was a 6-year-old girl who died about two weeks ago. The director general of disease control and environmental health at the Health Ministry, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said the girl had also caught pneumonia.

The second Indonesian victim was a 28-year-old woman who died in Saudi Arabia last Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry announced in a press release that as of Sunday the H1N1 virus had infected 561 individuals across the archipelago since June 24. The ministry's research and development department reported that on Saturday alone, there were 41 new confirmed cases of H1N1 infection.

This included 17 males. The ministry reported that 37 of these people did not have any record indicating they had travelled abroad recently,, but three of the infected patients had recently returned from the United States.

The ministry also reported that five of the newly infected patients were foreigners.

The Jakarta Post has the full story