A teenage duck farmer in southern Vietnam has been killed by the bird flu virus this month, a doctor said at a meeting with Ho Chi Minh City Health Department Wednesday.
Le Van N. of Hau Giang Province in the Mekong Delta was hospitalized January 10 with high fever and fatigue but died a day after, the Tien Phong newspaper reported, quoting Le Hoang San, deputy head of the Pasteur Institute in HCMC.
His blood samples had been sent to the Pasteur Institute and the result, released Tuesday, found the boy tested positive for the H5N1 virus, San said.
The 18-year-old was the first victim of the virus in southern Vietnam and the first avian flu fatality in the country this year, after nearly a year when no human infection with the virus was reported.
Since 2003, bird flu outbreaks have killed and led to the forced culling of tens of millions of fowls in Vietnam.
According to a World Bank report in October last year, Vietnam was among the countries most affected by H5N1, with 119 human cases confirmed as of March 2011, of which 59 died.
The World Health Organization ranked Vietnam the second most affected country after Indonesia.
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