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June 04, 2007

Vietnam: One confirmed human case, two suspected including a death

More bad news from Thanh Nien Daily: Vietnam reports another human bird flu case. Excerpt:

Vietnam confirmed a new human bird flu case Friday as the latest outbreak swept through 14 provinces within the last month.

A worker at a slaughterhouse in Hanoi had tested positive for the H5N1 virus strain, Nguyen Duc Hien, head of the National Institute for Tropical Diseases, said.

He was admitted to the institute May 26, just 12 days after starting to work at the abattoir. Hien said the man was recovering and his condition stable.

Director of Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, Tran Thuy Hanh, said in the past two days two patients had been admitted with typical bird flu symptoms, one of whom had died Friday.

The hospital had taken samples from them for tests, she added.

So Vietnam has one more confirmed human case and two suspected cases including a death. Still more reasons for other countries to send their epidemiologists to Vietnam—not just to help, but to learn from their colleagues in the front lines.

Posted by dymaxion at June 4, 2007 11:04 PM

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