Vietnamese boy dies of bird flu

20-03-2009 | |

A three-year-old boy in Vietnam has died of bird flu, reports Nguyen Tran Chinh, Director of the Tropical Diseases Institute in the city. This brings the bird flu death toll this year to 3.

Authorities said that the child had tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza virus earlier on and that his condition was worsening.

Vietnam has the world’s second-highest bird flu death toll after Indonesia, with 55 deaths.

Thursday’s death takes to three the number of people who have died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Vietnam this year, according to official figures.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist
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