WHO Viet Nam
Selling poultry at a market in Hanoi
Since December 2003, highly pathogenic avian influenza A/(H5N1) viruses have swept through poultry populations across Asia and parts of Europe and Africa. The outbreaks are historically unprecedented in scale and geographical spread. Their economic impact on the agricultural sector of affected countries has been enormous. Viet Nam has been one of the countries most affected by avian influenza in humans with 123 confirmed cases, including 61 deaths (50% fatality).