A story in the English-language version of People's Daily Online says 60 persons in Vietnam have contracted avian flu since last December. Of those, 18 have died. I will leave it to Effect Measure and Recombinomics to analyze this report (links are on the left), but a 30 percent mortality rate does not sound good.
Henry Niman at Recombinomics says flu seems to be spreading "silently" through Vietnam in a relatively mild form. If so, the 60 cases reported may be only a fraction of the true number, and the mortality rate is not quite as serious as it seems. But it's still serious.