Monday, December 21, 2009

Vietnam: Influenza A/H1N1 and H5N1 remains complex, high mortality

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 2:32 (GMT +7)
(VNA) .- On 21-12, at the conference national influenza surveillance was held in Hanoi, Prof. Dr. Nguyen-Tran Hien, head of Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute Central said that the current situation of influenza A translation / H1N1 in Vietnam is complicated development.

Do health sector currently does not make the test more determined, so the number of infected influenza A/H1N1 is recognized not increase much. However, the monitoring results in 15 points to monitor key national rate of ca showed positive for influenza virus H1N1 is still high among the ca are positive for influenza and 90% were influenza A/H1N1.

For monitoring results also showed that influenza A/H5N1, from the beginning of the year the country had recorded 5 cases including 5 deaths were ca. The cause of this situation is detected by monitoring avian influenza in animals also poor, the sick often slow to health facilities after disease onset. Moreover, for hospitals under the working diagnosis of cases not in time to the delayed transfer of patients to upper level. Institute chief Nguyen Tran Hien warned, the current avian influenza A/H5N1 have been recurrent in some localities, plus the service influenza A/H1N1 has complicated development in humans, the risk of a combination of two strains This flu vaccine together to create a new flu virus more dangerous is high.

Statistics of the Ministry of Health showed that the country has over 11,000 influenza A/H1N1 infected, with 50 cases of death. Although this early next month, the number of infected influenza A/H1N1 has tended to reduce the number of disasters that increase weight and mortality remained high.

Department of Animal Health (MARD) has said, after spreading in Thai Nguyen province, the bird flu are spread in Cao Bang. Thus, there are three provinces where bird flu re-appears as Thai Nguyen, Cao Bang and Ca Mau.

While they receive from now until the New Year, the illegal import, transport, sale birds will take place very exciting, the other poultry prices increased again so the risk of H5N1 spreading service very high. Furthermore, in the North are with air conditioning, are favorable conditions for bird flu virus to develop. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked localities to strictly control the poultry are livestock, managed trade, transport and prevent chickens smuggled into inland flooding to Home the response to avian influenza.

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