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January 29, 2005

Bird flu claims 11th Vietnamese victim

Topics: Health Issues

Here is another bird flu (avian influenza) death, with many more to come - and it is gaining the potential to become a world wide epidemic.

A 13-year-old girl has died from bird flu in Vietnam, becoming the country's 11th victim of the disease in the past month.

(...)  "The girl from southern Dong Thap province died early Saturday morning," a doctor from Ho Chi Minh City's Paediatric Hospital No.1 said, requesting anonymity.

(...) The girl's mother, 35, died of the virus on January 21.

(...) The doctor says a 10-year-old girl, who is also suffering from the H5N1 bird flu virus, is in a "very critical condition".

(...) The virus has claimed 11 lives in Vietnam since December 30 and 31 since the end of 2003.

- ABCNewsOnline (Australia)

Background from previous Hyscience post with links to others.

Posted by Hyscience at January 29, 2005 7:18 PM

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