H5N1 cases in Vietnam, China; H7N9, H5N1, and H1N1 comparison

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
By Paul Martin

Feb 03, 2014

Vietnam, China report H5N1 cases
Vietnam and China have each confirmed a case of H5N1 avian flu in recent days, with Vietnam’s case proving fatal.

In Vietnam, a 60-year-old woman in Dong Thap province in the Mekong Delta died of the deadly virus on Jan 27, Than Nien News reported yesterday. The woman developed a fever and other symptoms on Jan 22, authorities said. She was hospitalized on Jan 23 in neighboring An Gian province on Jan 23, where she died.

The Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed H5N1 avian flu on Jan 29. The case is the second in Vietnam this year; a 52-year-old man from Binh Phuoc province died of H5N1 on Jan 18.

Vietnam has the third-highest number of confirmed H5N1 cases in the world, at 125, behind Indonesia and Egypt, according to the World Health Organization’s latest count, published Jan 24. If the WHO confirms this case, however, the country will tie Egypt for the second-most fatalities, at 63.

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