Vietnam reports three more bird flu patients
Vietnam has just found three more people in the country's northern region to
have contracted the bird flu virus H5N1, raising the total in the country to 16
since late December 2004.
Initial tests by the National Hygiene and
Epidemiology Institute show that samples from Pham Xuan Quy, 66, from Hanoi
city, Han Ngoc Manh, 30, from Hung Yen province and Nguyen Xuan Dai, 30, from
Phu Tho province were positive to the virus, local newspaper Labor reported on
The patients, who are receiving treatment at the Hanoi-based Tropical
Disease Institute, are in stable conditions.
Manh and Quy, who were
hospitalized on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, respectively, had contact with sick fowls.
The reason for hospitalization of Dai, who was admitted to hospital on Jan. 25,
is under investigation.
Two local people, a 15-year-old teenager from
southern Kien Giang province and a 24-year-old woman from central Binh Dinh
province have just been admitted to provincial hospitals after showing symptoms
of high temperature, cough and damaged lungs. The patients are suspected to have
contracted H5N1, since they either ate chicken or traded poultry.
16 cases of bird flu infection nationwide, nine, including eight from the
southern region and one from the northern region have died.
Ministry of Health has so far confirmed 10 out of the 16 cases. The first case
in the northern region, a 42-year-old man in Hanoi, is set to be discharged from
the Tropical Disease Institute on Friday.
Since January, bird flu has
stricken 27 cities and provinces nationwide, killing and leading to the forced
culling of more than 812,000 fowls, according to the Department of Animal