HCM CITY — A 22-year-old man from southern Binh Duong Province is in a critical condition after contracting bird flu, according to director of the HCM City Tropical Diseases Hospital Nguyen Van Vinh Chau.
The patient, Truong Phu Son, was transferred to the hospital last Friday after he experienced a high fever and respiratory failure. He was first admitted to local Vu Cao Hospital, on February 17 for treatment before his condition deteriorated.
Son subsequently tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus and has received intense treatment but is still in a critical condition.
Speaking to Viet Nam News from HCM City yesterday, Dr Chau said authorities were still tracking down the source of the bird flu that had been transmitted to Son.
"He must have had direct contact with disease-infected poultry because bird flu caught by humans is transmitted directly from poultry," said Chau. "However, in this case, it is difficult to narrow down where the source was because during the Tet holiday, the patient had eaten chicken and duck several times in different provinces," he said.
Son was said to eat chicken and duck in his hometown in the central province of Thanh Hoa and southern Binh Duong Province – where he had been living before the incident – as well as in HCM City.
He is the third person in Viet Nam to contract bird flu since the beginning of the year. The two other victims died after contracting the virus.
Earlier on Sunday, in Son's hometown – Binh Duong Province – the Animal Health Department have raided shops illegally trading live poultry and slaughtering birds in Thu Dau Mot town.
They fined and seized all poultry from a shop owned by Tran Van Hieu in Phu Loi ward.
But many others illegally slaughtering and selling poultry on the roadside fled after hearing about the inspection team, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reports.
The ward's 8th quarter, where Son lived, has been disinfected.
The department has prepared 1.2 million doses of vaccines against the H5N1 Re5 strain of brid flu which will be used starting on March 1.
Poultry farms with less than 2,000 birds will get the vaccines free of charge. Larger farms have to register with the department to buy the vaccine.
As of yesterday, the bird flu was recorded in 11 provinces nation-wide. — VNS