Third case of bird flu infects northern woman

Bird flu has infected a young woman in the northern province of Tuyen Quang, the third case this year in Vietnam.

On March 1, the Ministry of Health announced a 17-year-old girl had tested positive for the bird flu virus in Tuyen Quang province in Son Duong district.

The girl had experienced high fever, cough and sore throat on February 19, and then was treated in the district General Hospital on February 24.

Doctors suspected she had bird flu and gave her Tamiflu. Experts said chickens at the girl’s house had died suddenly ten days before and the girl had destroyed the whole flock.

The country has reported three cases of avian flu since January 1, including one death – a woman in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Recent outbreaks in poultry flocks in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau have caused alarm in the delta, so the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Diep Kinh Tan held talks with the provincial leaders of Ca Mau and Bac Lieu on March 1. 

The outbreaks occurred in Ca Mau town and districts of Tran Van Thoi and U Minh in late February.

Tests showed the chickens were positive for the disease and around 5,500 birds were destroyed.

On the same day, the deputy chairman of Khanh Hoa’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Chien Thang, announced two outbreaks of bird flu in district Ninh Hoa and Van Ninh.

Waterfowls have died in scattered farms in the two districts. Most of samples tested positive for the disease. Vets have disinfected the areas and killed around 9,378 animal.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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