The Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang Province has reported another bird flu death, the 2nd case in 2012, according to the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health.
This is also the 2nd person having succumbed to H5N1 virus in the Mekong Delta this year after the case in Kien Giang Province, said Nguyen Van Binh, head of the department.
The 26-year-old female patient in Thanh Tri District was brought to the local hospital on January 23 after showing fever symptoms.
She was then transferred to Bac Lieu Province General Hospital on January 25 with viral pneumonia diagnosis since the illness still persisted. She died in the hospital three days later.
Test conducted by Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City has showed that patient was infected with Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as "bird flu".
According to a recent epidemiological investigation, the patient had slaughtered and eaten infected meat, in the area where there was phenomenon of mass poultry death.
The Ministry of Health has directed Soc Trang Province’s Department of Health to strengthen anti-epidemic measures to monitor and prevent the disease from spreading further locally.
HCMC Pasteur Institute has also sent a team of anti-epidemic servicemen to support local health department to investigate and implement preventive measures.