Tuesday, February 10, 2009

China, Vietnam & Egypt Continue to Make Headlines with Recent H5N1 Cases

The 55th case of human H5N1 infection in Egypt was announced yesterday on Feb. 9th. An 18-month boy with influenza symptoms was checked into a hospital in the Menia governate on the 7th. The boy reportedly had contact with sick poultry prior to being hospitalized. According to the World Health Organization, the boy is recovering and in stable condition.

A 28-year old women from the Quang Ninh province with H5N1 infection has been named Vietnam's first official human case of the virus in 2009. The woman has been hospitalized for nearly a week and is in critical condition. After WHO confirms the case, Vietnam's human H5N1 case will tally 108, with 52 of those cases resulting in fatalities.

For more information, go to CIDRAP.

In the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, over 13,000 fowl were culled Feb. 10th after dead birds in the area were confirmed to have died of bird flu. News of avian infection comes as a relief, since China has raised international speculation after reporting disproportionately high numbers of human H5N1 cases and little to no poultry outbreaks. China attempted to quell fears of human-to-human transmission by revealing that genetic analysis of the viruses isolated from the recent human cases did not indicate any additional mutations to enable it to spread from human-to-human.

For more information, go to the DNI Avian Influenza Daily Digest.

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