Monday, January 28, 2008

Vietnam confirms 2nd H5N1 death in 2008

BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific - Political
Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring
January 24, 2008 Thursday
Vietnam confirms second death from bird flu in 2008
Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website

"The head of Vietnam's health preventive watchdog on 23 January confirmed that a man from northern Tuyen Quang province has died of bird flu. The victim was 32 years old from the Cao Lan ethnic minority group in Son Duong district, Tuyen Quang province, Dr Nguyen Huy Nga, Head of the Health Preventive Department of the Health Ministry said, adding that he is the second victim in the country since the beginning of this year. Earlier, a four year-old kid from Chieng Khoa commune, Moc Chau district, northern mountainous Son La province died at the central paediatrics hospital in Hanoi.

"The two H5N1victims are all related to dead fowl," Dr Nga emphasised after he had received the results of sample tests provided by the Central Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute."

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