Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Another bird flu case in Vietnam

Bird flu cases continue to appear in Vietnam. AFter an apparent lull of almost a month, two new cases have been reported. We recently noted the case of the 52 year old man from Vinh Phuc province. Now comes news of a 58 year old from Thanh Hoa province, admitted to the Institute hospital in Hanoi last Friday with "typical symptoms of bird flu infection" according to his doctor (via XinhuaNet). No exposure information was given. Both men are reported in stable condition.

AFP says the patients' homes have been quarantined and the families are being monitored (via CIDRAP). CIDRAP's unofficial case and fatality count for Vietnam, mid-December 2004 to present, now stands at 43 cases with 16 fatalities (37% case fatality).