Vietnam records first human patient with bird flu A/H9N2

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H9N2 influenza virus has been recognized to reassort with multiple other subtypes, including H6N1, H6N2, and H5N1 viruses

the patient was admitted to the tropical diseases hospital on the afternoon of March 16 with a diagnosis of gastrointestinal bleeding ulcer, accompanied by alcoholic liver fibrosis and sepsis monitoring.
During treatment, the patient developed pneumonia with lung damage observable on X-ray scans. Nasopharyngeal swabs were taken for PCR testing for influenza viruses A and B. As respiratory distress worsened, the patient was intubated and put on a ventilator.
On March 22, the result of the first nasopharyngeal swab test for the patient was positive for influenza A and negative for influenza B, but the strain was not identified.
On March 26 a follow-up X-ray showed no improvement in lung tissue damage, and another nasopharyngeal swab (second test) was taken for PCR testing for influenza A and B viruses.
By April 1, it was finally confirmed through genetic sequencing that the man was infected with A/H9N2 influenza virus.

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Death ship update: NSPCA confirms presence of infectious disease outbreak (scabby lesions in herd animals) April 2

After NSPCA national inspectors observed lesions on the lips of numerous sheep in the feedlot which raised suspicions of contagious ecthyma [also known as ‘orf’, ‘vuilbek’ or by its old English name ‘scabby mouth’], the NSPCA resorted to laboratory testing which has confirmed the animals bound for the Al Messilah are exposed to the virus.’
During the course of the disease, which lasts up to four weeks, affected animals can go off feed, lose condition and may develop serious secondary infections at the lesion sites.

It also poses a threat to human health that could result in painful sores in those who come into contact with the animals

The NSPCA diligently screened all animals and removed any compromised animals,’ said Peacock.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert Tuesday over a deadly case of avian influenza (H5N1) in Vietnam.

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The WHO was notified on March 25 that a 21-year-old male patient with no underlying conditions living in the Khanh Hoa Province was brought into a local area hospital with persistent symptoms — a fever and a cough — on March 11. The patient developed abdominal pain and diarrhea by March 17, which developed into severe pneumonia, severe sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome by March 20. He died on March 23, the WHO added.

The case in Vietnam comes just days after a Texas resident was diagnosed with a H1N5.

Health Ministry leader says it hard to control bird flu outbreak
SGGP April 8, 2024 at 13:02:27
Dr. Nguyen Luong Tam, Deputy Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine, said that it is hard to control an outbreak of bird flu which caused the first case of A/H9 in Vietnam.

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