Test Negative for Bird Flu

The body of a patient tested negative for H5N1, Dr. Nguyen Huy Dung, director of Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital, told journalists at a press conference held March 27. The test was carried out at the Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City.

The patient's relative says that he eats duck 10 days before being hospitalized

The patient, born in 1988 in the central province of Nghe An, was transferred from Binh Dan Hospital to Pham Ngoc Thach. He coughed and experienced fever and difficulty breathing. He was diagnosed with acute pneumonia on March 25.

Doctors suspected that he contacted H5N1 because bird flu was found in his region and he had eaten duck 10 days before being hospitalized.

With 106 infected and 52 dead, Viet Nam is now the nation with the second highest number of bird flu victims, according to the Department of Preventative Health and Environment of the Ministry of Health.

Avian influenza has infected 373 people in 14 countries and killed 236 since 2003, according to the World Health Organization.

Indonesia, the hardest-hit nation, experienced 105 deaths. Although there is as yet no evidence of human-to-human transmission, WHO’s experts warn that avian flu is highly pathogenic.

Five Vietnamese and 11 Indonesians have died of H5N1 in spite of receiving immediate treatment.

The deadly virus can travel not only on waterfowl, but also on other animals, according to WHO. For example, four Owston palm civets died of the flu in Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

By K.Lien, Kh.Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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