|After slaughtering chicken, man catches H5N1|
VietNamNet Bridge – An H5N1 avian influenza victim is now being treated at Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi.
It seems that there has been a very serious development in the H5N1 virus saga, if the above mentioned story from VietNamNet Bridge is true.
To begin with, it is bad enough that Vietnam has now got the first victim of the Bird Flu virus since 2005 and it no longer is “bird-flu free”!
The victim had apparently been infected by handling infected chickens as he “helped slaughter chickens” at his friend’s wedding.
However the real problem is the second part of the story.
The victim’s niece had to be hospitalised as well and she was also suspected of having caught the H5N1 virus.
The really big story in this news item however, is that apparently “The girl didn’t have contact with fowl, didn’t eat fowl meat but she took care of her uncle.”
If that is true (and I have my doubts about this) then we have the first known case of human to human infection of the H5N1 virus!
Let us all prey that the above is not true.
Here is the link to the news item:http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2007/05/698059/
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