Jan 29 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday the deaths of a 23-year-old Indonesian woman and a nine-year-old Indonesian boy from the H5N1 strain of avian influenza.
Of the 124 cases confirmed to date in Indonesia, 100 have been fatal.
There have been 223 human deaths globally from the H5N1 strain and 357 confirmed cases of infection since 2003, according to WHO data.
Following is a list of confirmed human cases of H5N1. Total cases include survivors.
Deaths Total cases AZERBAIJAN 5 8 CAMBODIA 7 7 CHINA 17 27 DJIBOUTI 0 1 EGYPT 19 43 INDONESIA 100 124 IRAQ 2 3 LAOS 2 2 MYANMAR 0 1 NIGERIA 1 1 PAKISTAN 1 1 THAILAND 17 25 TURKEY 4 12 VIETNAM 48 102 ————————————————————————- TOTAL 223 357 ————————————————————————-
The H5N1 virus remains mainly a virus of birds, but experts fear it could change into a form easily transmitted from person to person and sweep the world, killing millions.
So far, most human cases can be traced to direct or indirect contact with infected birds.
Initial tests usually take a day or two to confirm if someone has H5N1. More detailed testing by government laboratories or those affiliated with the WHO can take a week or more. (Writing by David Cutler and Keith Weir, London Editorial Reference Unit)