U.S. Citizen Services
Warden Message, August 18, 2009
Information on 2009-H1N1 Influenza in Vietnam
This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the latest information regarding human cases of 2009-H1N1 influenza. As of August 17, 2009, the WHO and Vietnam Ministry of Health have confirmed over 1,000 cases of this influenza in Vietnam.
The Embassy and Consulate General wish to remind American citizens of the information below. Please note that as a virus spreads, government policies on screening, testing, isolation and quarantine are subject to change.
As of August 17, 2009, Vietnamese authorities are screening all passengers arriving on inbound international flights for signs and symptoms of 2009-H1N1 influenza virus infection. Passengers are required to fill out declarations describing current symptoms and possible exposure history, and are screened for fever. Passengers with a temperature over 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) or who exhibit flu symptoms will be referred to medical facilities for further diagnosis. A positive laboratory test result for infection is not required for hospital isolation; Vietnamese health authorities can and do isolate individuals based on a medical opinion that they may carry the virus causing the disease. Passengers with confirmed laboratory diagnosis of 2009-H1N1 influenza will be isolated and treated at the facilities listed below:
Ho Chi Minh City
a. Tropical Disease Hospital, 190 Ham Tu, Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 84-8-38380302
b. Pham Ngoc Tuberculosis Hospital, 120 Hung Vuong, Ward 12, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 84-8-39574127
c. Pediatric Hospital 1, 341 Su Van Hanh, Ward 10, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 84-8-39274034
d. Pediatric Hospital 2, 14 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Tel: 84-8-38295723
e. National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, 78 Giai Phong Road, Hanoi, Tel: 84-4-35764402
f. Bac Thang Long Hospital, Block 3A, Dong Anh Town, Hanoi, Tel: 84-4-38833139
g. Duc Giang Hospital, Truong Lam street, Duc Giang Town, Long Bien District, Hanoi, Tel: 84-4-38774001
h. Dong Da Hospital, 192 Nguyen Luong Bang street, Hanoi, Tel: 84-4-35112505
Being placed in isolation in a hospital does not mean that medical care, food or other necessary services will be provided free of charge. Patients are expected to make their own arrangements for clothing, food and other necessities and may be responsible for medical bills. If you are ordered into isolation in hospital for treatment of infection, please immediately contact the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City using the contact information at the end of this message. American citizens should be aware that the Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City cannot demand the release of American citizens from isolation if they have been detained by health authorities in accordance with public health and legal regulations.
For more information on U.S. Government policy during a pandemic, and for travel safety information, please visit www.travel.state.gov, where the State Department’s “Fact Sheet: 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1” and “Options During a Pandemic” information may be found.
Further information about 2009-H1N1 Influenza, including steps you can take to stay healthy, possible complications for certain high risk individuals and guidance on preparedness, can be found at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/, the U.S. Government pandemic influenza website at http://www.flu.gov, and the World Health Organization website at http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.
U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information. The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the U.S. and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other countries.
Americans living or traveling in Vietnam are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi or Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/, so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Vietnam. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate General to contact them in case of emergency.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is located at 170 Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, telephone: (84-4) 3850-5000; after hours emergency telephone number: (84-4) 3850-5000; fax: (84-4) 3850-5010. The web site for the U.S. Embassy Hanoi is http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/. For specific medical information the U.S. Embassy website is: http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/acs_medinfo.html.
The U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City is located at 4 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, telephone: (84-8) 3520-4200; fax: (84-8) 3520-4244. The web site for the U.S. Consulate General is http://hochiminh.usconsulate.gov/. For specific medical information the U.S. Consulate General website is: Ho Chi Minh City: http://hochiminh.usconsulate.gov/medical_legal_advice.html.