International Notes - Avian influenza, Viet Nam - Update

Volume 31-08  15 April 2005

On 14 January 2005, the World Health Organization received information reports of two additional cases of H5N1 infection in Viet Nam. The cases are an 18-year-old woman from Hau Giang Province and a 35-year-old woman from Tra Vinh Province.

The 18-year-old woman was hospitalized on 1 January and died on 10 January. The 35-year-old woman was hospitalized on 9 January and remains in critical condition.

Both patients are from provinces in the southern part of the country, where poultry outbreak have been reported since the beginning of December 2004.

If confirmed, these latest human cases will bring to six the total in Viet Nam since mid-December 2004. Of these, four have died.

Source: WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, Vol 80, No 3, 2005.


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