Bird Flu Kills 11-year-old Boy in North

Bird flu has killed an 11-year-old boy in northern Viet Nam, the country’s 52nd death from the disease so far, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

The boy was Nguyen Van Huong from the northern province of Ha Nam. He was hospitalized on March 8 in the province after eating chickens from his family’s stock where some fowls had died a few days before. Then he was transferred to the National Children’s Hospital in Ha Noi, and died on March 14. 

This is the fifth death from the H5N1 virus so far this year. The virus remains hard for people to catch, but health experts worry the virus could mutate into a form that passes easily among humans.

The boy was the 52nd person to die of bird flu in Viet Nam since the H5N1 virus began raging through Asian poultry stocks in late 2003. The country has reported 106 H5N1-infected persons so far.

Doctor Nguyen Hong Ha, deputy head of the National Institute for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, said the recent death rate among the H5N1-infected persons exceeded 90%.

By Kh. Nguyen – Translated by Khanh Van

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