Vietnam reports suspected bird flu fatality
Updated: 2005-11-22 11:50
A 54-year-old man from Vietnam's southern Vinh Long province with bird flu
symptoms died several hours after being hospitalized, local newspaper Youth
The man from Mang Thit district was admitted to the Tropical Disease Hospital
in southern Ho Chi Minh City on November 11 when he had fever, exhaustion, and
breathing difficulties. His specimens are being tested for bird flu viruses.
The victim's family raised ducks which died 10 days before he fell ill, said
On November 21, the People's Committee of northern Quang Ninh province
announced bird flu outbreaks in fowls in Dong Trieu district. Earlier, northern
Thai Nguyen province declared an outbreak in Phu Luong district.
A total of 19 localities nationwide have detected poultry deaths since
October 1. Recent tests have showed that fowls in southern Dong Thap province
are not infected with bird flu viruses.
Capital Hanoi and southern Bac Lieu province have met criteria for announcing
an end to bird flu outbreaks (detecting no new affected spots for at least three
weeks). Therefore, the current number of bird flu-hit localities, all in the
northern and central regions, is 16.
According to the Department of Animal Health under Vietnam's Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam will establish an online reporting
system, under which veterinary bureaus in localities nationwide will access the
Internet-based system to make and access updated reports about bird flu
The department said localities nationwide have, since October 1, culled over
1 million fowls. The fowls were not only infected ones but also healthy ones,
because Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and central Da Nang city have decided to stop
raising poultry in their inner areas this month.
Vietnam has detected 65 human cases of bird flu infections, including 22
fatalities, in 25 cities and provinces since December 2004, the country's Health
Ministry announced on November 21, noting that the accumulated numbers of bird
flu infections and fatalities since December 2003 are 92 and 42 respectively.
Previous outbreaks starting in December 2003 killed and led to the forced
culling of some 46.6 million fowls in Vietnam, causing losses of 3.5 trillion
VND (221.5 million dollars), according to the agriculture