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Avian influenza – situation in Viet Nam – update

The Ministry of Health has reported a confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.

The case is a 22 year-old male from Thanh Hoa province who lived and worked in Binh Duong province. He developed symptoms on 17 February 2012 and first sought medical care on 21 February 2012. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases on 23 February 2012 and received Oseltamivir upon admission. He is currently still in hospital.

Confirmatory test results for influenza A (H5N1) were obtained on 25 February 2012 by the Pasteur Institute Ho Chi Minh City, a WHO National influenza Centre.

Epidemiological investigation indicates that the man was involved in the slaughter and consumption of ducks. Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City and the local health sector are conducting the investigation and response. Close contacts of the case with fever have received prophylaxis and are being monitored; all have been confirmed as negative for H5N1 by PCR.

To date, of the 122 confirmed cases in Viet Nam, 61 have been fatal.

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