H1N1 Virus, the Swine Flu Confirmed in Bali
(Balitrips.net) / 30 Jun 2009
At least four foreign visitors suffering from the H1N1 Virus have been warded briefly at the Denpasar Sanglah General Hospital's isolation ward.
reported by various new media, the Head of Medical Services at the
hospital, I Gusti Lanang Suartana, confirmed the hospitalization of six
foreign nationals, beginning last week with a 22 year-old female
resident of Australia, Bobbie Masoner; a 12 year-old Australian boy,
George Coltman. And two other adolescent Australians Tayla (14) and
The Englishwoman and the 12 year-old Australian boy are Bali's first confirmed H1N1 patients. The remaining two children are awaiting the results of tests that will confirm their condition.
authorities have now determined that Masoner's infectious period had
passed and released her form hospital on Friday, June 26th.
Health authorities continue to monitor the health of the remaining
three patients and people with whom they have had contact in order to
see if symptoms of wide contamination develop.
According to NusaBali,, all the confirmed and suspected cases of H1N1 virus infection arrived in Bali on board a Garuda flight from Melbourne, Australia on Friday, June 19th.
The incubation period for the H1N1 Virus is seven days.
disembarked that flight and went to her private accommodation before
seeking medical assistance from a local clinic. Later, she was move to
the Sanglah General Hospital on Sunday, June 21st after being treated
at a local clinic for several days. Officials are now concerned that
Masoner's condition was not detected by screening procedures in place
at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, but sought treatment on her own accord
shortly after arriving in Bali.
Nationwide, six Indonesian have now been confirmed with the H1N1 Virus,
but with five of the case affecting Indonesians currently abroad
(Singapore, China and Australia). There are three confirmed cases
involving Indonesian nationals in the capital Jakarta, one an airline
pilot now hospitalized after he developed symptoms following several
Worldwide over 55,000 cases of H1N1 have
been reported in 102 countries with 238 deaths linked to the illness.
Most cases of infection are reported to be mild with 90% of all deaths
to date emanating from Mexican patients.
Bali has prepared 54,000 dosages of Tamiflu as part of overall preparations to deal with a larger outbreak of the disease.
No Blood Tests
spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Health strongly denied
reports published in some media that blood tests would soon be required
from all foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia.
Aditama, of the Ministry’s Director General for Communicable Diseases,
said: "I guarantee 100 percent that there are no blood tests for
visitors in the airport, and there is no policy at the moment stating
that all international visitors will be required to take that test."
[source : baliupdate.com]
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