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Hanoi, Vietnam: Woman dies of bird flu

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Posted by travelfishnews on 23/2/2009 at 11:44

AFP reports that a 23-year-old woman has died of bird flu. The woman died on Saturday, said the director of the hospital where she was being treated in Quang Ninh province. Her death brings Vietnam's death toll from bird flu to 53 since the end of 2003. Only Indonesia has seen more people killed by the virus.

The patient died from the H5N1 strain of the virus, the hospital director Nguyen Hong Hanh told AFP. "She and her family had been in contact with chickens that had contracted bird flu," he added.

Since the beginning of the year, three people have been struck with bird flu in Vietnam, all in the north of the country, but the victim was the first to have died.

Of course, no need for travellers to panic. If I was a Vietnamese poultry worker, I may just a little.

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