HANOI, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Specimens from two young people in Vietnam, who
died this week, have been tested positive to bird fluvirus, local newspaper
Youth reported on Friday.
According tests by the Pasteur Institute in southern Ho Chi Minh City, the specimens
from a 26-year-old patient from the city's Binh Tan district, who died on
Wednesday, were positive to the virus strain H5, while those from a 24-year-old
man from Cang Long district in southern Tra Vinh province, to the
virus strain H5N1. The man named Le Hoang Anh died on Monday in a provincial
Relatives of the two patients said they ate chicken before exhibiting bird
flu symptoms. Anh and his relatives ate dead chickens. The 26-year-old patient
bought half of a semi-processed chicken at a local market, and cooked it.
Vietnam will start vaccinating fowls against bird flu viruses, including
the deadly strain of H5N1, in northern Nam Dinh provinceand southern Tien Giang
province on a trial basis in early August,and then do the same in other
localities with high risks of outbreaks in October.
The country has so far this year detected bird flu outbreaks in35 cities
and provinces nationwide, which have killed or led to the forced culling of 1.5
million fowls, mainly ducks and chickens.
Vietnam's Preventive Medicine Department, in mid-July, confirmed that a
total of 60 local people from 23 localities had been infected with bird flu
since late December 2004, of whom 19 died. Enditem