Vietnam reports second bird flu death of 2012

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A 26-year-old woman in the southern province of Soc Trang has become the second to die from the bird flu virus (A/H5N1) this year, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

According to the ministry's Department of Preventive Health, epidemic inspections showed that the victim had killed and eaten sick chickens, and that chickens had been found dead around her home earlier.

A report on Tuoi Tre said she had a check-up at Thanh Tri District's hospital on January 23 with fever and cough

Since the symptoms did not lessen, she was transferred to Bac Lieu Province's General Hospital two days later and was diagnosed with viral pneumonia, it said.

She died on January 28, and tests conducted by the Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute's Influenza Center showed that she was inflicted with the A/H5N1 virus, according to the report.

Last month Vietnam recorded its first H5N1 death of the new year an 18-year-old boy in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang. It was also the first human case to be reported in the country after a reprieve of nearly 20 months from the last reported cases.

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According to a World Bank report in October last year, Vietnam was among the countries most affected by H5N1, with 119 human cases confirmed as of March 2011, of which 59 were fatal.

Since 2003, bird flu outbreaks have killed and led to the forced culling of tens of millions of fowl in Vietnam.

The World Health Organization ranked Vietnam the second most affected country after Indonesia.

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