Avian influenza likely to reoccur in Vietnam

The Ministry of Health warned of reoccurrence of the avian influenza yesterday after the hospitalization of two people in Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.

Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi admitted two people who were suspected to infect with H5N1 avian flu virus. The two were suffering severe pneumonia and the National Institute of Hygiene Epidemiology will take their blood samples for testing.
The Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that no outbreak of poultry nationwide but not for that to exclude the reoccurrence of avian flu on human because highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in waterfowl by scientists.
Head of the Preventive Medicine Department Professor Tran Dac Phu Phu said that the deadly contagious avian flu is caused by A/H5N1 virus from poultry to human through direct contact with waterfowl or eating undercooked poultry products.
The Ministry warned people not to eat waterfowl blood pudding and diseased or dead poultry but should consume well-cooked poultry products as well as soap hands regularly with soaps before eating.
Moreover, people should not slaughter, transport and sell unoriginated chicken as well as clean the farm and inject poultry as per the animal health department’s guideline. Especially, people should go to medical clinics for examination right when they experience fever, cough, pain in chest and breathing problem after close contacting with poultry.
According to the Ministry, diseases on human tends to develop complicatedly in Tet  ( the Lunar New Year) holidays.
In spite of no big outbreaks of dengue fever, some southern provinces of An Giang, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Ben Tre have reported cases of dengue.
Simultaneously, Giong Trom District of Ben Tre has recorded an outbreak of mumps. The Ministry has requested the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute and related agencies to keep an eye on the outbreaks and handle it.

By NGUYEN QUOC - Translated by ANH QUAN

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