US embassy cable - 04HANOI321

VIETNAM - AVIAN FLU UPDATE #8

Identifier: 04HANOI321
Wikileaks: View 04HANOI321 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2004-02-05 10:08:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: AMED AMGT CASC EAGR TBIO VM AFLU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS HANOI 000321 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR CA/OCS/ACS/EAP; EAP/EX; EAP/BCLTV 
BANGKOK FOR RMO, CDC, AID (TDOLAN) 
STATE PASS HHS for Marie Haring Sweeney 
USDA FOR FAS/PASS TO APHIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AMED, AMGT, CASC, EAGR, TBIO, VM, AFLU 
SUBJECT:  VIETNAM  - AVIAN FLU UPDATE #8 
 
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CURRENT STATUS 
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1.  (U) WHO INVESTIGATIVE TEAM DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE TO 
INDICATE 13 CASES OF LABORATORY-CONFIRMED H5 INFLUENZA IN 
HUMANS. 
 
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PPE SHORTAGE 
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2.  (U) Due to worldwide demand, the GVN, WHO, and FAO are 
now facing difficulties in purchasing Personal Protective 
Equipment (PPE) even when funding is available. 
 
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AFFECTED PROVINCES 
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3.  (U) VIRTUALLY EVERY PROVINCE IS REPORTING BIRD DEATHS 
RELATED TO AVIAN INFLUENZA. 
 
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NATIONAL STEERING COMMITTEE 
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4.  (U) THE PRIME MINISTER HAS ESTABLISHED A NATIONAL 
STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE CONTROL OF AVIAN INFLUENZA, 
CHAIRED BY THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL 
DEVELOPMENT. HE HAS FURTHER ASSIGNED EACH MEMBER OF HIS 
CABINET TWO OR THREE PROVINCES IN WHICH THEY ARE TO OVERSEE 
AVIAN FLU CONTROL.  ON FEBRUARY 4, THIS COMMITTEE ORDERED A 
HALT IN THE PROCESSING OF ALL CHICKENS AND CHICKEN PRODUCTS. 
 
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MEETING FOR AMBASSADORS 
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5.  (U) THE GVN HOSTED A MEETING FOR AMBASSADORS TO DISCUSS 
AVIAN INFLUENZA LATE TODAY.  A READ-OUT WILL BE PROVIDED IN 
THE NEXT UPDATE. 
BURGHARDT 

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