HA NOI — The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology reported yesterday that a 15-year-old girl that died in Dong Nam District of Thua Thien-Hue did not have the avian influenza (A/H5N1) virus.
The institute said there had been no A/H5N1 cases involving people reported in Viet Nam in 2011.
The girl died at the Hue Central Hospital after experiencing symptoms that were thought to have been caused by A/H5N1.
Livestock infected with A/H5N1 have been reported in three provinces, including Lang Son, Nam Dinh and Kon Tum.
Blaze detroys fishing boat in Quang Ngai
QUANG NGAI — A fishing boat burnt down after catching fire yesterday morning at Da Bia anchorage in Binh Chanh Commune, central Quang Ngai Province's Binh Son District.
The boat's owner, a local, was reportedly on board when the fire occurred, but he managed to escape without serious injuries.
Losses from the fire are estimated at about VND1 billion (US$ 50,000).
The district authority is investigating the case.
Phu Bai Airport to shut for upgrades
THUA THIEN - HUE — Phu Bai International Airport would halt operations in one month from May 5, closing for runway upgrades, said the airport's director Do Chi Thanh.
Jetstar Pacific Airlines would also temporarily stop selling tickets for the Thua Thien - Hue – HCM City route, said Nguyen Thien Nhan, head of the airline's Hue Branch Office.
It will take passengers more time and money to fly from central regions to HCM City during the closure, with travellers from HCM City able to either fly into Da Nang City or Hue City, according to tour agencies.
Board formed to save Hoan Kiem lake turtle
HA NOI — The Ha Noi People's Committee has set up an urgent task force to protect the old turtle in the Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake.
The nine-member board, chaired by People's Committee deputy chairman Nguyen Van Khoi, is assigned to guide the implementation of measures to give medical treatment and ensure protection of the legendary turtle as well tackling environmental pollution at the lake.
The turtle has been injured, partly from an attack of invasive red-eared turtles living in the same lake.—VNS