HANOI, June 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A 73-year-old person from Vietnam's Hanoi capital city
died of bird flu, raising the total fatality in the country since late 2004
to 19, according to local newspaper Youth Thursday.
The patient died on June 28 after being admitted to the Hanoi-based
Institute of Tropical Diseases on June 23. The institute is now treating 5 bird
The World Health Organization has just announced its bird flu experts have
not found any indications to show that the bird flu virus strain H5N1 is
extending its range in humans. But it advisedVietnam and other countries to
remain vigilant in their bird flu control efforts, as flu viruses are inclined
to change frequently.
Recently, Vietnam's Health Ministry predicted that bird flu situations in
the country could become worse in upcoming winter and spring, whose weather
conditions are suitable to the development of the virus.
To prevent potential outbreaks, Vietnam's Veterinary Department will focus
on 3 measures, namely banning poultry raising in inner areas of cities and
towns, building concentrated fowl slaughterhouses and distribution networks and
vaccinating poultry against bird flu viruses, the report quoted the
departmenthead Bui Quang Anh as saying.
The ban will be imposed in 15 big cities at high risks of bird flu
outbreaks, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, within this year, and then in
other localities no later than 2007. The 15 cities must complete construction of
concentrated slaughterhouses before 2007, and the other localities no later than
Anh said Vietnam will buy 20 million doses of bird flu vaccinesin the
coming time. The country will start vaccinating fowls against bird flu viruses
in northern Nam Dinh province and southern Tien Giang province on a trial basis
in early August, andthen do the same in other localities with high risks of
outbreaks in October, he noted.
Early this week, the Health Ministry confirmed that a total of 60 local
people from the country's 23 localities had been infected with H5N1 since late
December 2004, of whom 18 died.
Since the first bird flu patient was detected in Vietnam in late 2003, the country had detected 87 human cases of infections, including 38 fatalities, in 31 cities and provinces, the ministry said early this week. Enditem