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H1N1 Patients in Bali Now Treated as Outpatients

As H1N1 Pandemic Broadens Indonesian Government Changes Approach to Swine Flu Patient Care.

(8/18/2009) In the face of burgeoning new cases of the H1N1 virus or "Swine Flu" being detected in Bali, the Bali Post reports that Dr. Ken Wirasudha has announced that only confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus in which life-threatening circumstances are present will be warded at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital. Other patients infected with the virus but deemed not to be at more severe risk will be given appropriate medications and told to return to their homes and limit contact wit others as much as possible.

The change from a policy of hospitalization to outpatient care reflects a larger change in policy achieved following a coordinating meeting on confronting H1N1 recently held on the island of Batam.

With the illness now declared a "pandemic" by the World Health Organizaiton Indonesian medical providers have been forced to follow international practice, reserving its limited number of available hospital beds for those suffering an acute attack of H1N1 or for those suffering life-threatening complications from the disease.

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