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'Infectionally' Yours

A New Zealand Man Suspected of Carrying the H1N1 Virus Tries Unsuccessfully to Make a Run for It.

(7/11/2009) Richard Lochner, a 40 year-old New Zealand man, came to the emergency room of the Sanglah General Hospital on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, after spending four days at his tourist accommodation in Kuta complaining of flu like symptoms.

The triage team at the hospital checked Lochner and determined that his condition warranted his admission to the special isolation ward prepared for suspected HIN1 patients.

Suspected H1N1 patients are treated without charge at Bali's hospital.

A few hours after being admitted to the isolation ward, Lochner decided he had better ways to spend his Bali holiday and escaped the isolation ward by jumping over a two-meter wall. When hospital officials became aware of his escape at 7:00 p.m., the hospital's security team was alerted to recapture the man who posed a potential threat to the community's health.

Discovered on a nearby street carrying a motorcycle helmet, Lochner reportedly challenged the security officers to a fight by screaming "fight me, fight me!"

According to Jawa Post, security guards pursued Lochner for several blocks before subduing the man at a gas station on the corners of Jalan Palau Buton and Jalan Raya Sesetan where he surrendered and accompanied the guards back to the isolation ward.

The five guards who played roles in capturing the New Zealander underwent a decontamination procedure at the hospital and the administration of Tamiflu in an effort to prevent any possible infection with the H1N1 virus. The health of the five security guards will be closely monitored over the coming week to ensure they have not contracted influenza.