First human case of avian influenza in Lao
A 15-year-old girl living in a suburb of Vientiane, the capital or the Lao
People's Democratic Republic, was diagnosed with avian influenza H5N1, said the
Ministry of Health. It is the first human case of bird flu in the
On 7 February an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry was confirmed in Laos. The Lao Ministry of Health reported that the girl
developed influenza-like symptoms on 10 February, which were confirmed on 24
February, when the girl was already moved to a Thai hospital, where she remains
in a stable condition.
The girl's exposure to sick poultry is unclear as
she is undergoing intubation and cannot be interviewed.
Lao official organisations have been undertaking a number
of measures such as control of poultry outbreaks, intensive surveillance of
human illness and community awareness campaigns, in collaboration with the UN
country team and various partners.
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