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25 June 2007 @ 09:42 am
28-year-old woman dies from bird flu; second victim of ‘07  
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Ha Noi — A 28-year-old woman died yesterday of bird flu becoming Viet Nam’s second victim of the H5N1 virus this month, a hospital official said.

Deputy director Nguyen Hong Ha of the National Hospital for Contagious and Tropical Diseases confirmed that Phan Thi X died 13 days after being hospitalised.

X was taken to the hospital on June 8 in critical conditions with severe damage to both lungs and respiratory failure. She was immediately placed into intensive care for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

She was placed on a respirator, and given a blood transfusion, antibiotics and Tamiflu.

Fluid, though, had built up in both lungs; the infection had reached a point where it was highly improbable she would survive, said doctors.

X became ill in her home province of Ha Nam, 60km south of Ha Noi, after being in contact with sick birds. Test results showed she had been infected with the H5N1 virus.

Ha Nam is one of the 16 provinces and two cities that have been hit by the deadly bird flu strain since it re-emerged in Viet Nam late last year.

Viet Nam has reported five human cases of H5N1 this year, of which two have succumbed to the disease - the first death being a 20-year-old man from Ha Tay Province on June 10. — VNS