Yet Another Bird-Flu Victim in Vietnam?

The Government of Vietnam “was furious” when the last outbreak of H5N1 was discovered in that country.

Today's standard flag for Vietnam.

This is because the Government of Vietnam has been  trying desperately to have the entire country declared Free of Bird-Flu as quickly as possible.

In its desperation to do so, parts of Vietnam, many provinces of the country, have been declared Bird-Flu-Free.

This was achieved under the totally mad  rule, of being able to declare an area free of Bird-Flu if no new infection has been discovered in any 21 consecutive days.

Using this “Rule” the Government of Vietnam has been declaring several of its provinces free of Bird-Flu.

President Nguyen Minh Triet          

It seems however, that the H5N1 virus has never heard of this rule and therefore these Bird-Flu-Free provinces have had repeated visits from the H5N1 even though these provinces were supposed to be safe from the virus.

In the province of Ha Tay, one of the supposedly Bird-Flu-free provinces, there was a recent human fatality (a 22 year old prgnant woman) as a result from the Bird-fl virus.

Now it seems that there may be yet another human victim of the H5N1 virus.

Apparently, a male student at a university in Hanoi, is suspected of being infected with type A/H5N1 virus since he has typical symptoms of bird flu in humans.

The student fell ill at his home in Thanh Hoa province.

He was treated at the General Hospital of Thanh Hoa province for 12 days without improvement.

He was then transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on July 29.

                                                                                                                             The Central Institute for Epidemiology is testing samples of this patient’s blood to determine whether he has type A/H5N1 or not, since he has all typical symptoms of bird flu in humans.  

Dr Nguyen Hai Yen of the National Institute for Clinical Research of Tropical Diseases said the student’s samples were being tested for the H5N1 virus

                                                                                                                                                    

This patient does not as yet need a respirator.

He has apparently not had any contact with poultry before.

 

So far this year, Vietnam has diagnosed six type A/H5N1 patients, three of whom have died.

 

Related to the 22 year old pregnant woman who died of bird flu recently, the Ministry of Health has sent experts to the home of the woman to take blood samples of 16 people who were in contact with the woman for testing.

They have all been provided with Tamiflu as well.

Sources :

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/social/2007/08/725411/

http://www.thanhniennews.com/healthy/?catid=8&newsid=30607

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