A 31-year-old man from Dak Lak has become the second patient to be successfully treated for bird flu (H5N1) so far this year in Vietnam.
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City has announced that the patient, known only as T., has recovered and discharged from the hospital on March 24 after 19 days of intensive treatment.
T. was admitted to the hospital on March 5 with high fever, fatigue and respiratory problems. He was put on a breathing machine and kept in quarantine.
His family said they had previously slaughtered and eaten a sick home-raised chicken more than 10 days earlier. T. later developed a cough and high fever.
They said the entire flock of chicken also died.
T. was treated with medicine at home for the first three days after falling sick. When his condition did not improve even after he was admitted to the Dak Lak Hospital, he was transferred to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in HCMC where tests showed he was infected with the H5N1 virus
In a previous case, the hospital successfully treated a 22-year-old bird flu patient from Binh Duong Province who was discharged on March 6.
Vietnam has so far this year reported four bird flu infections, two of which have been fatal, after a 20-month absence.
On March 21, the Animal Health Department announced that Vietnam was free of bird flu and porcine blue ear disease.
According to relevant regulations, a province is considered free from an infectious disease if there is no new infection in three weeks.
The Animal Health Department also said the foot and mouth disease is on the verge of being under control. Ha Nam is the only province to have recorded an infection in the last 21 days, but there has been no case since, it said.