Indonesia investigates new H5N1 source, as case-fatality soars:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Indonesia is investigating the source of exposure of a fatal case of H5N1 avian flu from Tangerang, Banten province, according to an August 16 WHO update, citing the health ministry. To date, of the country's 104 officially-confirmed cases, 83 (80%) have been fatal. Indonesia's case-fatality rate is increasing far above the average of other countries: of this year's 29 officially-recorded cases, 25 have been fatal, equating to 86% case-fatality. In the rest of the world, of this year's 29 cases, 11 were fatal (38%); and of the 217 cases recorded since 2003, 111 were fatal (51%).