Tuesday, April 09, 2013 12:55 am
Vietnam confirms 1st H5N1 bird flu death in a year
The Associated Press
Health official Doan Tan Buu said Tuesday that a 4-year-old boy died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu on April 4 after being hospitalized in southern Dong Thap province.
Buu said the boy developed fever and other symptoms on March 23 after his family slaughtered a chicken bought in a village where tests later confirmed an outbreak among poultry.
Vietnam's last human bird flu death was reported in February last year.
Vietnam has not reported any trace of the H7N9 virus, a new bird flu strain that has killed seven in neighboring China since February.