HANOI, May 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Two men from Vietnam's northern region have fallen victim of bird flu virus strain H5N1, local newspaper Vietnam News on Tuesday quoted a doctor at the Institute of Tropical Diseases as saying.
A 52-year-old man from Vinh Phuc province and a 58-year-old manfrom Thanh Hoa province were admitted to the Hanoi-based institutel ast Thursday and Friday, respectively, with typical symptoms of bird flu infection, said doctor Nguyen Hoang Ha. Health conditions of the two men are stable, he noted.
The man from Vinh Phuc named Cao The Hai developed the symptoms after eating dead chickens. Local health authorities have yet to confirm the two latest human cases of bird flu infection.
On May 11, Vietnam's Preventive Medicine Department said the country had detected 49 infection cases since December 2004, raising the total to 76 since bird flu first hit it in December 2003. Of the cases, 37 have been fatal. Enditem