Bird Flu Leading Suspect in Northern Child’s Death

A four-year-old child in the northern province of Son La died in the Central Pediatric Hospital and bird flu is said to be the leading suspect, said a representative of the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday at a conference on bird flu prevention held by the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Prevention and Control.

H5N1 virus is said to remain in poultry which are not vaccinated

The child was admitted to hospital in critical condition with high fever and lung inflammation (pneumonia). It was reported the child had eaten chicken but it is not yet known if that was that actual vector of infection or not.

Bird flu, like most influenza viruses is most commonly transmitted via breathing rather than eating.

A medical sample is being tested by the Central Epidemic Hygiene Institute to vet suspicions the child was infected with an H5N1 virus.

Though no bird flu deaths have been reported over the last few months in Viet Nam, early this month the Department of Animal Health began issuing warning of the ongoing threat of another bird flu outbreak, perhaps this time via the H7N3 virus, a strain of the Influenza A (or bird flu) virus.

According to Preventive Health Department Head Nguyen Huy Nga, no human infections by the H7N3 strain of the virus have been reported in Viet Nam, most local incidents have been caused by its H5N1 strain.

In related news, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Ba Bong said the country has temporarily put an end to the spread of bird flu and blue ear disease on a nationwide scale, and foot and mouth disease is now only limited to two districts in central Nghe An province. 

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Source SGGP, Thanh Nien, Tien Phong – Compiled by Khanh Hong

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