Saturday, September 01, 2007

WHO confirms five human bird flu cases in Vietnam

HANOI (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed five human bird flu cases in Vietnam, four of them fatal, the U.N. agency said in a statement.

The four, including two women, died between June 21 and August 3 while a fifth person, a 29-year-old man, had recovered, it said.

All five cases, which had been confirmed earlier by Vietnam-based laboratory tests, were from the country’s north. They brought the total human infections in the Southeast Asian country since 2003 to 100 with 46 fatalities.

Three of Vietnam’s 64 provinces—two in the southern Mekong delta and one in the north—are still on the government’s current bird flu watchlist, the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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