Avian Flu in Humans – Situation in China, Viet Nam

GLOBAL - The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued two statements on 7 January regarding the situation with avian influenza in humans in China and Viet Nam.
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The Ministry of Health in China has reported a new case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case is a 19-year old female from Chaoyang District, Beijing. She developed symptoms on 24 December 2008, was hospitalized, and died on 5 January 2009.

The case was confirmed by the national laboratory. The case had contact with poultry prior to her illness. All contacts have been placed under medical observation. All remain healthy to date.

Of the 31 cases confirmed to date in China, 21 have been fatal.

Viet Nam

The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam has reported a new confirmed case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The case has been confirmed at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE).

The case is an 8-year old girl from Dien Trung commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. She developed symptoms on 27 December 2008 and was hospitalized on 2 January 2009. She is currently in a stable condition. The case is known to have had recent contact with sick and dead poultry prior to the onset of her illness.

Further investigations are currently underway. Control measures have been implemented and close contacts are being identified and monitored.

Of the 107 cases confirmed to date in Viet Nam, 52 have been fatal.

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