(Balitrips.net) / 16 May 2009
A 32-year-old Dutch woman is now in the special isolation ward of
Bali's Sanglah General Hospital after health officers identified her as
a potential H1N1 sufferer when she landed at Bali's international airport off a Malaysian Airline flight on Sunday, May 10, 2009.
woman, Michele Van Dorsen, was running a mild fever, experiencing
problems swallowing, and complaining of respiratory difficulties - all
of which resulted in her classification by health officials as someone
suffering from an Influenza-Like Illness. A number of
well-rehearsed measures were immediately put into place that saw the
woman placed in an isolation area at the airport from where she was
transferred by ambulance to the Nusa Indah isolation unit at Sanglah Hospital.
The woman's transfer was carried out in a specially equipped ambulance
with the driver and all accompanying medical personnel fully suited in
protective contamination gear.
According to press reports, Van
Dorsen began her trip from Amsterdam, transiting briefly in Kuala
Lumpur where she changed aircraft. Her health condition first became
evident on board her flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bali, causing the
pilot to radio ahead to Bali As a result, a medical team came on board
the aircraft immediately after landing to commence the assesment, care
and isolation of the ill passenger.
Van Dorsen told health officials that she has had no known contact with a H1N1 sufferer. Her condition is stated as "good" by her attending physicians who, as an added precaution, have administered Tamiflu while awaiting the results of medical tests to confirm whether or not she is affected by the virus.
an added precaution to prevent the spread of disease, all passengers
sitting within several rows of Van Dorsen have undergone close medical
Holland, the country from which Van Dorsen began her journey is listed as "endemic" with confirmed cases of H1N1 reported by Dutch health officials.
(Source : www.baliupdate.com)