HANOI, Feb. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Vietnam reported a 24-year-old man from capital Hanoi, who was hospitalized on Jan. 25, was infected with the bird flu virus H5N1, raising the total number of bird flu infections in the country since late December 2004 to 17, a local doctor told Xinhua on Wednesday.
"According to initial testing by the National Hygiene and
Epidemiology Institute, samples from our 24-year-old patient were tested
positive to H5N1. However, we have yet to receive the result in written
document," said Nguyen Hong Ha, head of the treatment team from the Hanoi-based
Tropical Disease Institute.
|A Vietnamese poultry vendor carries
ducks in Hanoi February 1.
The man, who needed respiratory assistance after being admitted to
the Tropical Disease Institute, is now recovering rapidly. The institute is
treating a total of nine patients, including three H5N1 carriers. Two carriers
are scheduled to be discharged on Feb.7, local doctors said, noting that six
suspected cases are waiting for testing results from the National Hygiene and
The European Commission, on Tuesday, pledged to offer Vietnam 600,000
euros (nearly 788,000 US dollars) for the country's purchase of first-aid and
experiment equipment to deal with human bird flu infections.
Ho Chi Minh City plans to exempt hospital fees for bird flu victims,
since daily treatment costs each patient up to 2-3 million Vietnamese dong
(127-191 dollars). In a move to curb the spread of bird flu, the municipal
authorities have already decided to stop raising fowls, including fighting
cocks, in its urban districts from Feb. 6, and to halt the raising of ducks
city-wide for one year from Feb. 7 after turning live ducks into frozen meat and
culling affected ones.
Bird flu, since January, has stricken 33 out of 64 cities and
provinces in Vietnam, killing and leading to the forced culling of nearly 1.2
million poultry, according to the country's Department of Animal Health. The
disease has hit 17 local people, of whom 12 have died, since late December 2004.
On Tuesday, a virologist from the Pasteur Institute in Vietnam's Ho
Chi Minh City told Xinhua that a 25-year old Cambodian woman, who died on Jan.
30 in Vietnam, was infected with H5N1. The woman, who lived in Cambodia's Kampot
province adjacent to Vietnam's southern Kien Giang province, was admitted to the
provincial hospital of Kien Giang on Jan. 28. Enditem