Vietnam Bird-Flu victim Raised Fighting Cocks and Ducks!

The Deputy Health Minister of Vietnam, Trinh Quan Huan has confirmed that a 20 year old Vietnamese man, died of the Bird-Flu, bringing the death toll to 43.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung 

“Tests confirmed a 20-year-old man from northern Ha Tay province died from the H5N1 bird flu virus a week ago,” the Vietnam News Agency quoted Vice Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan as saying Saturday at a bird flu meeting in Hanoi.

He died of the H5N1 strain of influenza type A at the Ha Noi-based National Contagious and Tropical Diseases Hospital on June 10.

The man got ill on 2nd June, and after being admitted to the hospital, died on 10th June. The news agency also said that the vicinity has been disinfected and cleared of all possible signs of bird flu virus.

Further to our recent post in this blog, Fighting cocks, the source of Malaysian Bird-Flu? it appears that the victim was in close contact with Fighting Cocks!

“The reports revealed that the man’s family reared about two dozen fighting cocks along with ducks. However, the television report did not say how the victim got the H5N1 infection.”

Vietnam was hailed as the best region where the measures were strict and 100% safe, leading the international health experts say that the country is like a role model in keeping the H5N1 virus at bay.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently blamed the surge on unvaccinated ducks grazing in newly harvested rice paddies after Vietnam lifted in March a ban on waterfowl hatching.

Experts warn that ducks can be “silent carriers” of bird flu, spreading the virus through their feces as they roam across rice fields and ponds while seldom showing symptoms of illness themselves.

“This is not going to go away,” said WHO’s Vietnam communications officer Dida Connor, speaking before news of the human death. “There is a sense of complacency which is potentially catastrophic if it was to increase.”

We hope that the Malaysian Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek will take note of that remark from the WHO, before going ahead with his decision to declare Malaysia “Bird-Flu-Free”. 

 Here is a link to the article in Thanh Nien, one of the most prestigious and influential newspapers in Vietnam:http://www.thanhniennews.com/healthy/?catid=8&newsid=29123 

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