HA NOI — The Ministry of Health reported the first fatality from avian influenza type H5N1 in 2010 on Tuesday.
Nguyen Huy Nga from the ministry confirmed the deceased was a 38 years old woman from An Thai Trung Commune of Tien Giang Province who often slaughtered birds.
The woman was diagnosed on February 23 and treated at a local clinic but showed no signs of recovery. She was then transferred to Sa Dec Hospital in Dong Thap Province after experiencing chest aches and breathing difficulties.
Two days later she was announced dead following a serious case of pneumonia and shock from the infection. Post-mortem epidemiological tests confirmed the presence of the bird flu virus in her system.
The first bird flu case was reported earlier this week when a 3-year-old girl from Khanh Hoa Province was diagnosed as being infected by the virus. She has since recovered.
According to the health ministry, Viet Nam reported a total 58 bird flu fatalities. All five people who were diagnosed with the H5N1 strand of the virus in 2009 died from the infection. — VNS