Situation in Asia – March 28, 2010

Pandemic H1N1 and H5N1 continue to circulate in Asia.

In Thailand, human cases of pandemic H1N1 continue to kill. In addition, a recent protest in Bangkok apparently resulted in a number of infections among the participants. There are indications that pandemic H1N1 is increasing in frequency in Malaysia.

In Cambodia, a 57 year old man from Kampong Cham Province was confirmed to be infected with H5N1 in December 2009. In Vietnam, human cases of H5N1 were reported in Hanoi and Binh Duong Province in March 2010. H5N1 killed a 25 year old woman in Jakarta, Indonesia in February 2010. Animal cases of H5N1 have been reported recently in Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia.

In mainland China, no H5N1 cases have been reported in animals since June 2009, although a bird in Hong Kong was found to be infected in December 2009. No H5N1 cases have been reported in humans since January 2009. Given the many cases of H5N1 in surrounding countries and the fact that H5N1 originated in China, the absence of reports of H5N1 in China likely indicates yet another cover-up of a deadly disease in this country. The current status of pandemic H1N1 in China is also unknown.

The potential for genetic exchange between H5N1 and H1N1 continues. The ongoing cover-up in China of H5N1 and pandemic H1N1 cases puts the entire world at risk.


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