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Cablegate: Vietnam - Avian Flu (Ai) Update #11

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UNCLAS HANOI 000367

SIPDIS

FOR CA/OCS/ACS/EAP; EAP/EX; EAP/BCLTV
BANGKOK FOR RMO, CDC
STATE PASS HHS
USDA FOR FAS/PASS TO APHIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMED AMGT CASC EAGR TBIO VM AFLU
SUBJECT: VIETNAM - AVIAN FLU (AI) UPDATE #11


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CURRENT STATUS
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1. (U) THE WHO INVESTIGATIVE TEAM REPORTS NO NEW CASES OF
AVIAN INFLUENZA IN HUMANS. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 19 CONFIRMED
HUMAN CASES OF H5N1, OF WHICH 14 HAVE DIED.

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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2. (U) MONETARY AND IN-KIND SUPPORT CONTINUE TO BE PLEDGED.
WHO IS THE INTERMEDIARY. NEWLY ANNOUNCED DONATIONS INCLUDE
1,000,000 EUROS FROM THE EU, $15,000 FROM GERMANY, AND
CLINICAL SUPPORT FROM HONG KONG.
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STAFFING
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3. (U) U.S. CDC PERSONNEL CURRENTLY IN COUNTRY WILL RETURN
HOME BY FEBRUARY 15, 2004. A REPLACEMENT FOR THE DATA
MANAGER IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE BY FEBRUARY 15. NO REQUEST FOR
REPLACEMENT OF OTHER STAFF IS ANTICIPATED.

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CULLING
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4. (U) VIETNAM ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL NOT EXTEND CULLING TO
ALL BIRDS WITHIN A 3KM PERIMETER OF AN INFECTED FLOCK AS PER
THE WHO GUIDELINES FOR CULLING.

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PPE
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5. (U) HOSPITALS CONTINUE TO REPORT CRITICAL SHORTAGES OF
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
SHORTAGES OF PPE CONTINUE AMONG CULLERS AND OTHERS WHO
HANDLE POTENTIALLY INFECTED BIRDS. WHO REPORTS THAT THE
FIRST SHIPMENTS OF PPE WILL GO EXCLUSIVELY TO THOSE CULLING.
LATER SHIPMENTS WILL BE APPORTIONED TO HEALTH CARE SETTINGS.
BURGHARDT

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