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Viet Nam is located in a relatively high-risk region for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including zoonotic diseases arising from the interactions of humans, livestock, wild animals and ecosystems. Risky practices related to bio-security of livestock and wildlife farming, trade and consumption remain a strong concern and will require a long-term effort.
Examples of EIDs impacting Viet Nam over the past decade include SARS in 2003, Avian Influenza A (H5N1) from late 2003 to the present, and the pandemic strain of influenza A(H1N1) in 2009. While the number of reported H5N1 outbreaks has decreased substantially in recent years compared to 2004 and 2005, outbreaks of the virus in poultry and sporadic human cases continue. H1N1 influenza also continues to circulate and has recently caused fatalities in the country. The new Influenza A (H7N9) virus recently detected in humans and animals in China provides another example of a potentially serious threat to public health and economic development.
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