Thursday, August 09, 2007

Vietnam : Officials Announce 2nd Death In Two Weeks

A 15 year old boy has become Vietnam's latest victim of the resurgent spread of the H5N1 virus. His death follows the demise of a woman, seven months, pregnant, only two weeks ago.

The 15 year old, the seventh human victim in Vietnam this year, is believed to have contracted H5N1 after coming into contact with ducklings, less than 150km from the capital Hanoi.

Meanwhile the bird flu virus continues to spread through poultry, defying the Vietnamese govenrment's once victorious attempts to keep it contained.

From the IHT :

The H5N1 virus continues to spread among poultry in Vietnam, killing or forcing the slaughter of more than 200,000 birds this year.

The country had been hailed as a bright spot in Asia for beating back bird flu after a nationwide poultry vaccination campaign was started. No human cases were reported in the country in 2006, but the virus flared again in poultry early this year.

A total of 46 people have died in Vietnam since the virus began ravaging Asian poultry stocks in late 2003. At least 192 people have died worldwide from the disease during that time, according to the World Health Organization.

1 comment:

Holliegh said...

Don't 4get they even vaccinated most/all of their birds, per say. It has been mentioned numerous times that after birds are innoculated that they can become asymptomatic and shed the virus in secrecy.