Friday, January 9, 2009

Sister of Vietnam’s first Avian Flu Patient of 2009 Dies

Several days ago we reported that Vietnam had confirmed its first AI patient of the year, an 8-year old girl from the Than Hoa province. Vietnamese health authorities now believe that the 13-year old sister of the girl also died of bird flu on January 2nd. Although diagnostic tests were not available, doctors who treated the girl reported similar symptoms to her sister. The director of the hospital where the patient was admitted has said, "We suspect that it was bird flu that caused her death.”

The victim’s 8-year old sister is still hospitalized and recovering.

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