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Published On: Mon, Feb 10th, 2014

Vietnam on alert over measles, H7N9 avian influenza

With increases in travel, favorable weather and hundreds of cases already reported this year, the Vietnamese Health Ministry is telling provincial health departments to beef up measles prevention and quarantine measures to keep the epidemic from spreading, according to Vietnam News today.

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Since Jan. 1,  over 620 cases were reported showing signs of measles says the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the Pasteur Institute in HCM City.

In addition, with it’s proximity to China, the health ministry is also advising provinces and cities to intensify its preventive effort against H7N9 avian influenza, Xinhua reports.

Vietnam has already reported two fatalities due to H5N1 avian influenza in 2014.

MoH thus asked local bodies to strengthen supervision of bird flu viruses including H7N9, H10N8, H6N1 and H5N1 at border gates and communities, collect samples of suspected bird flu viruses in hospitals and increase people’s awareness of prevention and fight against bird flu viruses.

Mainland China has reported in excess of 120 human cases and more than 30 deaths since the beginning of the year.

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