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Volume 6 Issue 85 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Mar-2004
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Update: Avian influenza A(H5N1)- Situation (human) in Viet Nam and Thailand

WHO is aware of media reports of a new fatal case of H5N1 infection in a 12-year-old boy from a southern province in Viet Nam. According to the media, the boy was hospitalized on 13 March and died two days later.

WHO has asked health authorities in Viet Nam for details about the case but has not yet received confirmatory information.

If confirmed, this will be the first reported case in Viet Nam since 20 February, when authorities announced infection in a 16-month old girl hospitalized on 16 February.

The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand has confirmed another case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza. The case, which was fatal, was a 39-year-old woman from Ayudhaya Province. She developed symptoms on 1 March, was hospitalized on 3 March, and died on 12 March.

To date, Thailand has reported 12 confirmed cases, 8 of them fatal.



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