Friday, November 23, 2012

Vietnam: A/H5N1 flu still at risk of outbreak

Since early this year, the country has discovered four cases of A/H5N1 flu, including two deaths. Predict future risk and return of the A/H5N1 flu outbreak is great.

At the workshop on risk communication A/H5N1 flu morning 22/11, Tran Thanh Duong, Deputy Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine, said, next time A/H5N1 flu continued outbreaks in poultry as well as affecting people if the authorities do not adequately control measures. Meanwhile, the trade of trafficking and smuggling of poultry diseases in recent years is a huge risk for the spread of the A/H5N1 flu outbreak from one region to another, from one country to other countries.

According to statistics of the Department of Preventive Medicine, since early 2012, the A/H5N1 flu has appeared scattered on both poultry and humans. The outbreak appears small, scattered, mainly on waterfowl Forum in the household. In particular, in Vietnam, the A/H5N1 flu cases have a high mortality rate.
Caused by strains of the virus circulating in the country have high virulence and the majority of these cases admitted to the hospital late. In 2012 there were 4 people with, including two deaths.Announces Recent Animal Health Department (Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development) on the results of analysis to explain gene that appeared branched virus new bird in North, Central and Western Highlands. Protective effect of the vaccine before the new strain of bird flu this decline, only 35 - 40%. This makes the risk of A/H5N1 flu on increasing.
Direct contact with infected poultry is the main transmission. In fact the last time showed that most cases of influenza A/H5N1 were related to breeding, slaughtering and eating poultry. So, to prevent disease, Department of Preventive Medicine recommends people to discover sick poultry, died absolutely slaughtered and use that to notify local authorities handled promptly.
Transport, purchase and sale of poultry of unknown origin, especially in areas with outbreaks in poultry; ensure cooked, boiled drinking; wash hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet. When symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath related to avian influenza immediately to the nearest medical facility for examination and treatment in a timely manner. Avoid late to the hospital because it was sick, high risk of death.

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