US embassy cable - 06HANOI301

AVIAN INFLUENZA: VIETNAM WEEKLY REPORT FEBRUARY 10, 2006

Identifier: 06HANOI301
Wikileaks: View 06HANOI301 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2006-02-10 10:15:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: AMED AMGT CASC EAGR KFLU PINR SOCI TBIO VM
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UNCLAS HANOI 000301 
 
SIPDIS 
 
USAID/RDM-A/BANGKOK PRIORITY 
STATE FOR G; CA/OCS/ACS/EAP; EAP/EX; EAP/MLS; EAP/EP; INR; 
OES/STC (PBATES); OES/IHA (DSINGER AND NCOMELLA) 
BANGKOK FOR RMO, CDC, USAID/RDM/A (MFRIEDMAN AND JMACARTHUR) 
USDA FOR FAS/PASS TO APHIS 
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR OSD/ISA/AP (LSTERN) 
USAID FOR ANE AND GH (DCARROLL, SCLEMENTS AND PCHAPLIN) 
STATE PASS USTR (ELENA BRYAN) 
STATE ALSO PASS HHS/OGHA (EELVANDER) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: AMED, AMGT, CASC, EAGR, KFLU, PINR, SOCI, TBIO, VM 
SUBJECT: AVIAN INFLUENZA: VIETNAM WEEKLY REPORT FEBRUARY 10, 
2006 
 
REF: A) HANOI 225 B) HANOI 110 
 
1.  (U) Summary.  There have been no new human Avian 
Influenza (AI) deaths since late October 2005 and no human 
cases over the past 85 days.  The Government of Vietnam 
(GVN) continues to report no AI outbreaks in poultry since 
the last reported incident on December 17, 2005.  The GVN 
will launch the second poultry vaccination campaign on 
February 16, using 150 million doses of bird flu vaccines 
imported from China.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (U) As of February 10, 2006: 
 
-- No human AI deaths since October 29 
-- No new human AI cases in the past 85 days 
-- No AI outbreaks in poultry since the last reported 
incident on Dec. 17, 2005 in Cao Bang Province 
 
3.  (U) Local press announced that the National Steering 
Committee for Avian Influenza and Highly Pathologic Diseases 
announced on February 8 that no human cases reported since 
mid-November and no outbreaks among poultry for almost two 
months.  The Committee also announced that eight patients 
suspected of bird flu infection in Ha Tay, Phu Tho, and 
Hanoi in late January have tested negative for the virus. 
 
4.  (U) According to local press, the GVN will launch the 
second poultry vaccination campaign on February 16.  Deputy 
Head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development 
Department of Animal Health (DAH) Huynh Van Nam warned that 
the Tet-related increase in trade, slaughter and consumption 
of poultry combined with the current cold weather in 
northern Vietnam is favorable to the spreading of the virus. 
Mr. Nam also reported to the press that achievements to date 
could be marred if newly hatched poultry were not 
vaccinated.  Mr. Nam highlighted the difficulty in 
monitoring the country's 60 million domesticated waterfowl 
that are nomadic flocks. As reported previously (reftel A 
and B), DAH has imported 150 million doses of bird flu 
vaccines from C 
na. 
 
5.  (U) Embassystaff observed during the Tet holiday that 
despie bans on live chickens and ducks in Hanoi, many wre 
in evidence during Tet.  Clearly the Vietnames have not 
lost their preference for freshly slauhtered poultry and 
controlling private sales andtransport remains difficult. 
While sold by streetside vendors, there was little evidence 
of live poultry being sold in large public markets. 
 
6.  (U) Post did not submit an AI weekly report for week of 
February 3, 2006 due to the Tet holiday. 
 
BOARDMAN 

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