Vietnam's fourth bird flu (H5N1) patient of the year, and the first in the Central Highlands region, is being treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, the hospital's deputy director Le Manh Hung told Thanh Nien Wednesday.
The 32-year-old male patient, known as N.D.T, from Dak Lak Province, was admitted to the hospital on Monday with high fever, fatigue and respiratory problems.
He was put on a breathing machine and kept in quarantine.
His family said they had previously slaughtered and eatend a sick home-raised chicken more than 10 days ago. T. then developed a cough and high fever.
The chicken's flock also died, the family said.
T. was treated with medicine at home for the first three days after falling sick. After being admitted to Dak Lak Hospital, his condition did not improve.
He was then transferred to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases where tests showed he was positive with the H5N1 virus
Vietnam has so far this year reported four bird flu infections, two of which are fatal, after 20 months' absence.