Chickens are butchered and sold at market in Vietnam / FILE PHOTO
A 52-year-old man in the southern province of Binh Phuoc has become Vietnam's first bird flu fatality this year, the General Department of Preventive Health reported on Monday.
It was also the first human case of the H5N1 avian influenza strain to be reported in the country after nine months' absence, the department at the Ministry of Health reported.
The patient was sent to Bu Dang District's General Hospital with a fever, cough, and respiratory difficulties on January 11, according to the department.
As his lungs quickly deteriorated, his family had him transferred to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City on December 18. He died there that same day.
His samples later tested positive for H5N1.
Related agencies also found that his family had killed and ate duck recently and there were chickens that had fallen sick and died without clear reasons nearby their home.
The latest case has brought Vietnam's H5N1 death toll to 63 since the disease first broke out in 2003.
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