Vietnamese boy, 3, dies from bird flu: doctor

Mar 19, 2009

A three-year-old Vietnamese boy died Thursday from bird flu, a doctor in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh said.

Nguyen Tran Chinh, director of the Tropical Diseases Institute in the city said the boy had died in the afternoon.

Authorities announced earlier in the day that the child had tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the and said his condition was worsening.

The boy, who has not been named, was from the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap and was admitted to the Tropical Diseases Institute on Monday, two days before a test came back positive, said Nguyen Van Chau, director of the city's health care department.

Before the death, another doctor from the municipal Pasteur Institute, said the boy's sample would be tested again to confirm the infection.

Communist has the world's second-highest death toll after Indonesia, with 55 deaths.

Thursday's death takes to three the number of people who have died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Vietnam this year, according to official figures.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Bird flu kills one in Vietnam

Jun 18, 2007

Bird flu has killed a 20-year-old Vietnamese man in the country's first confirmed avian flu case in two years, it was reported Sunday.

Recommended for you

UN Ebola czar heads to West Africa

2 hours ago

The UN's new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

User comments : 0