Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Four Residents Rushed to Hospital, Feared Bird Flu Suspects - Gowa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Four residents of Gowa, South Sulawesi, were rushed to the nearest hospital after showing the symptoms of H5N1 virus or famously known as the bird flu. The four residents of Kunjung Mae Hamlet, Panakkukang Village in Pallangga were having high fever, cough, and flu, which were suspected as the symptoms of the bird flu.

The four residents are SM (3 months), R (7 months), MA (6 years), and S (32 years). Their family did not want to take any risks, especially since the past 3 days, dozens of the residents’ chickens suddenly died with the symptoms of H5N1 virus.

“That’s why we rushed them to the hospital, because family members are worried,” said Daeng Kenna, a family member on Monday night, Feb 20.

Meanwhile, the Syekh Yusuf Gowa Hospital immediately treated the patients with standard procedures in handling the H5N1 virus, in isolation room. According to one of the officers there, Dr Nurul, the four patients are still under treatment.

However, the hospital has yet to find the exact cause of their sickness, because the hospital in Gowa is not included as a referral hospital in handling H5N1 virus. Read More