Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Vietnam Officials: More H5N1 infections expected

After two H5N1 deaths, which were related to the H5N1 outbreaks in four provinces last week, Vietnamese health officials warn that more infections and possibly deaths are expected over the next few weeks. Causing particular alarm is that all three deaths in 2008 have been from provinces with no previous H5N1 infections.

The National Institute for Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the Central Pediatrics Hospital in Hanoi have received an unreported number of patients with H5N1-like symptoms, including high temperatures and respiratory problems.

Clinical tests at the Central Pediatrics Hospital have been negative for H5N1, but patients are still under close watch. The National Institute has not yet reported clinical results for their patients.

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