Monday, March 23, 2009

Vietnamese woman dies of suspected bird flu

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HANOI, March 23 (Xinhua) -- A Vietnamese 26-year-old woman from Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang died with symptoms similar to bird flu patients, the local newspaper Labor reported on Monday.

The woman, named Ly Thi Hang, was admitted to the Bac Lieu general hospital on March 16 to treat symptoms of coughing, difficulty in breathing, and pneumonia, said Nguyen Minh Tung, head of the hospital's preventive health center.

Hang's condition worsened, and she died on March 20, said Tung.

Hang ate death duck about a month ago before being taken to the hospital, said her family member.

According to Nguyen Huy Nga, Head of the Department of Preventive Health and Environment under the Ministry of Health, her blood sample will be tested to confirm the case.

Soc Trang province where the victim comes from was previously reported of being hit by avian flu and has been lifted out of the black list of infected areas in Vietnam, according to Vietnam's Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday.

Vietnam has reported four human cases of bird flu so far this year, three of them died.

In 2008, bird flu killed five people in Vietnam.

Currently, Vietnam reports four provinces nationwide hit by avian flu including two provinces in Mekong Delta, namely Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, and two northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Dien Bien, according to Department of Animal Health on Monday.

Here is the link to the original story: Bird

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