Friday, February 10, 2012

Vietnam reports another bird flu death

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH) announced Wednesday a confirmed case and death of a 26-year-old pregnant female from H5N1 avian influenza. Health officials reported a bird flu death in Vietnam last month when a 18-year-old duck farmer perished from the deadly virus.

Avian influenza was confirmed in a sample last week by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. Samples from the newborn infant of the fatal case tested negative for H5N1.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the woman from Soc Trang province developed symptoms on 23 January 2012, and was admitted to hospital on 25 January. She was treated with Oseltamivir on 27 January, she died on 28 January.

The MoH said she slaughtered and ate sick chickens. Close contacts of the victim have received prophylaxis and are being monitored; to date all remain well. Read More