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Avian Influenza (H5N1) Update

   5/17/2006

Viet Nam H5N1 in humans No new human cases of Avian Influenza have been reported since mid-November 2005. Since mid-December 2003, there have been a total of 93 confirmed human cases of H5N1 in Viet Nam, including 42 deaths. The WHO global pandemic alert remains unchanged, at level three. To move to phase four, we would need to see evidence of improved transmissibility of the virus among people, which has not yet occurred. H5N1 in poultry As reported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development- Department of Animal Health: 26 March 2006 I- Avian influenza update No new outbreaks have been reported for more than three months. The last outbreak was detected on 15 December 2005. II- AI prevention and control On March 24, 2006, Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Gia Khiem chaired a progress meeting on avian influenza prevention and control in poultry and pandemic influenza in humans. AI vaccination is currently being carried out in the provinces of Ha Nam, Phu Tho, Ha Tay, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Hau Giang, Dong Thap and An Giang. A total of 2,581,350 poultry have received the first vaccination round for this year, including 1,120,935 chickens and 1,460,415 ducks. Provinces are organizing the “Month of Action for hygiene and disinfection” for AI prevention and control. III- Post-vaccination surveillance 15,491 serum samples have been tested showing a protection rate reaching over 80%; 2,563 swab samples have tested negative to the H5 influenza strain. For further information, please contact: Ms. Dida Connor, Communication, World Health Organization, 63 Tran Hung Dao St. Hanoi, Vietnam Tel: (84 4) 943 3734/5/6; Fax: (84 4) 943 3740; Mobile: (84) 09154 13814; E-mail: didac@vtn.wpro.who.int Or visit the WHO website at http://www.who.int, WHO Avian Influenza website in Vietnam: http://www.un.org.vn/who/avian Summary of Avian Influenza (H5N1) Global Update

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5/17/2006

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