Vietnamese woman dies of bird flu

February 26th, 2008 - 11:11 am ICT by admin  

Hanoi, Feb 26 (Xinhua) The Vietnamese health ministry has confirmed that the country’s latest human victim of bird flu was a 23-year-old woman from northern Phu Tho province who died here Monday, a local newspaper reported Tuesday. The woman started to exhibit bird flu symptoms Feb 14 and was admitted to a provincial hospital Feb 19. She was then transferred to the Tropical Diseases Hospital Feb 21 and tested positive for the bird flu virus strain H5N1, Nguyen Huy Nga, a senior health ministry official, said.

The woman did not have direct contact with sick fowls before showing bird flu symptoms.

Vietnam has confirmed 105 human cases of bird flu infection, including 51 fatalities, since the disease hit the country in December 2003.

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