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Avian influenza – situation in Viet Nam - update 5

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 a 3 year old boy from Chau Thanh District, Dong Thap Province. He developed symptoms on 12 March, was hospitalized on 13 March, and died on 19 March.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated a history of close contact with sick and dead poultry prior to the onset of symptoms.

Of the 110 cases confirmed to date in Viet Nam, 55 have been fatal.

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