Search

 

Cablegate: Wgsars: Sars Situation in Vietnam - Update 3/31

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS HANOI 000793

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

FOR M/MED C.DUMONT, HODAI, DORSEY;
CA FOR M.HARTY, ANDRUCH;
M FOR ERIN ROONEY, NAMM;
EAP/EX FOR BAER, SHEPPARD, JENKINS;
EAP/BCLTV;
BANGKOK FOR ADM KEUR, RMO KEYES

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMED AMGT CASC TBIO VM
SUBJECT: WGSARS: SARS Situation in Vietnam - Update 3/31


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - PROTECT ACCORDINGLY

REF: Hanoi 789

1. (SBU) For the seventh day in a row, no new cases of SARS were
reported in Vietnam by noon on March 31, possibly indicating that
the outbreak is well-controlled. In Vietnam, WHO experts believe
that rapid detection of the outbreak and immediate introduction
of infection control procedures may have held further
transmission at bay. According to CDC here, health officials are
still surveying closely because of travelers coming in from Hong
Kong, Singapore, and Guangdong, China.

2. (SBU) Three patients remain in the French Hospital; one is
seriously ill and two are improving. 23 patients are in the
Tropical Medicine Institute of Bach Mai Hospital. The cumulative
total stands at 58 cases of SARS including 4 deaths and 23
discharged patients. Discharged patients are released according
to WHO /Ministry of Health guideline policies. All patients and
their contacts are carefully monitored.

3. (SBU) The French DCM told us today that Paris suddenly
changed its mind on evacuating several SARS patients from the
French Hospital to France over the weekend. A French military
aircraft had been scheduled to arrive on March 28 to transport
the patients, but was cancelled at the last minute. Instead,
France has sent a nine person medical team from the defense
health services to work with the three remaining patients at the
hospital. According to the French DCM, the decontamination of
the hospital will begin shortly and will work "around" the three
remaining patients. Although the private hospital has not yet
found the necessary financing to reopen, the French DCM noted
that it had been deemed worthy of public support in the form of a
French military medical team. She was cautiously optimistic that
partial public funding might be found.

4. (U) WHO infectious disease specialist in Hanoi, Dr. Carlo
Urbani, who died of SARS on March 29 in Thailand, was the first
doctor to describe the clinical characteristics of SARS.
According to the UNDP, his report, which includes the incubation
period of this new disease, remains valid and still provides much
of our understanding of SARS.
BURGHARDT

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>