The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Streptococcus suis or Pig Flu in Vietnam

According to international news agencies, there has been a new outbreak of Streptococcus suis in Hanoi. This is the virus I mentioned earlier, that was blamed on a hemorrhagic fever that kills victims in less than 24 hours. The disease is airborn and much like ebola. It seems a little fishy that this virus is the cause, as it is common in ever country where pigs are raised in large numbers and doesn't normally have such severe symptoms. Another case apparently just popped up in Hue. It will be interesting to see where it goes.


I posted a message on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree with links to several articles about the outbreak, but it was apparently deleted by the moderators within a few hours. It still remains in their search database however, just not in the front where it can be found through browsing.

I debated posting it. I don't want to hurt Vietnam tourism, but I think it's important information - more important than the bird flu ever was. I don't think the LP moderators in Australia are qualified to judge that it's not.


Tara C. Smith said...

Came across this on google--Strep suis isn't a virus, it's a bacterium, just FYI.

Adam Bray said...

Correct. My bad.

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