Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bird-flu Death Reported In Vietnam, 2nd Bird flu Related Death in Vietnam in 2 weeks

A young woman has died in Vietnam's Mekong Delta of bird flu, the second human death reported in the country within two weeks due to the killer disease.

A 26-year-old woman from Soc Trang province in the Mekong Delta died last Saturday in hospital, news agencies reported on Thursday quoting head of the Health Ministry's Hanoi-based Department of Preventive Medicine. Post-mortem tests revealed she was infected with the H5N1 virus.

The victim had slaughtered and eaten sick chickens her family raised before she was hospitalized, th health authorities said in a report. There had also been sick and dead poultry in the woman's neighborhood, it added.

A teenaged duck farmer had died in another province of the same region of bird flu on January 16, the first death reported in the country in nearly two years.

No H5N1 infection among human beings was discovered in Vietnam last year, which saw the virus killing 151,300 domestic fowl.

In August, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of the possibility of a major resurgence in Asia of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza, which poses unpredictable risks to human health. Read More