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WHO confirms avian flu outbreak in Hanoi

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:123
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The World Health Organization has reported that there are three confirmed cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Hanoi, Vietnam, after samples from five patients were sent to Japan and Hong Kong for testing. This comes at the same time as an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in the poultry population in southern Vietnam, which has killed at least 40 000 birds and led to the culling of 30 000 more. A WHO epidemiologist and infection control expert, Dr Philippe Calain, has arrived in Vietnam to help trace the source of the confirmed human cases.

    Since October 2003 there have been 14 cases …

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