Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Vietnam: more human cases

“Two Vietnamese women (from the northern provinces of Thanh Hoa and Ha Nam) have tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, but one has recovered while the other is in intensive care. Bird flu has killed 42 people out of 95 cases of infection in Vietnam since it emerged in late 2003.Meanwhile, the Animal Health Department said three bird flu cases in poultry were found on June 7 and June 8 in the northern province of Thai Binh, which had reported outbreaks in other districts in the province”

A local newspaper has quoted the Central Veterinary Diagnosis Center that approximately 13 percent of waterfowls in Vietnam have bird flu virus strain H5N1.

“Tests show that nearly 21.7 percent of waterfowls in capital Hanoi, 21.2 percent in northern Bac Ninh and over 7.6 percent in Bac Giang carry the virus. Vietnam has planned to import additional 500 million doses of bird flu vaccines for fowls, expected to be used in the 2007-2008 period. The country has so far this year vaccinated 136.8 million fowls, including nearly 79.7 million chickens, 53.7 million ducks and roughly 3.5 million white-winged ducks, according to the department of Animal Health under the Vietnamese ministry of agriculture and rural development. Bird flu hit Vietnam in December 2003 and has spread to 16 Vietnamese cities and provinces nationwide"


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