Earlier in the week, Vietnam's Health Minister was quoted on it. The US embassy has issued warnings and guidelines to its citizens located in Hanoi. The Hanoi Family Medical Practice is encouraging stool exams for anyone with symptoms. The Vietnamese national broadcaster is reporting on it. The WHO has yet to mention it on their website. They have offered to assist in the investigations but have stopped short of making any definitive statement thus far.
"We have been informed about severe acute diarrhea," spokeswoman Dida Connor said. "We haven't had any confirmation of cholera."
Today the government has seemingly done a back-flip, saying it is "acute dangerous diarrhea", and that any deaths occurring in the last few days are unrelated. It's turned into a bit of a circus. Not a very amusing one!
About 1000 people in the north, including Hanoi, have got a decent dose of the 'jimmy brits' and some of them are in hospital. The origin of the outbreak is suspected to be the much loved (maligned by westerners) mam tom (fermented shrimp sauce).
It's off the menu.
Washing one's hands and taking care is on it.
Who ever took them off?