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Human to Human Transmission of Bird Flu in Cebu City Jail?

Recombinomics Commentary
January 27, 2005

>> Another inmate from the Cebu City jail died last Monday, bringing to six the number of inmates who died within this month.

The similarity of the inmates' deaths and their complaints before they were brought to the hospital suggest a pattern.

Of the six inmates, three complained of difficulty in breathing, while the three others died of epileptic seizures, hemorrhagic pancreatitis and third-stage tuberculosis.

Four of them died on a Monday (Jan. 10, 17, 24), while the two other inmates died on Jan. 9.

The sixth inmate was identified as Dexter Anorico, 22, a resident of Barangay Basak-Pardo, Cebu City………..

Rivera said that based on the diagnosis of Dr. Paul Padilla of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), Anorico died of sepsis due to probable bacterial meningitis.

Anorico was taken to the CCMC at 9:45 a.m. last Friday after complaining of 'difficulty in breathing, chest tightness and a weak left lower extremity."  <<

The clustering of cases in the Cebu City jail in the Philippines is sounding more and more like the meningococcemia -like cases which sound like bird flu.

It would be useful if the family of the latest victim did request an autopsy, including testing for H5N1 avian influenza.

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