Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza – situation in Viet Nam - update 10

The Ministry of Health has reported a new confirmed case of human infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus. This case was confirmed at Pasteur Institute, Ho Chi Minh City.

The case was a 3 year old girl residing in Thuan An district, Binh Duong province. She developed symptoms on 5 March 2010 and presented to Thuan An District Hospital and a private health facility for investigation and treatment. On 10 March, she was presented to the Pediatrics Hospital No. 2 where she was suspected to have influenza A (H5N1). Despite treatment, the case died on 17 March. Confirmatory test results for influenza A (H5N1) were also obtained on that day.

Of the 117 cases confirmed to date in Viet Nam, 59 have been fatal.