Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Suspected avian influenza claims baby's life in Vietnam

7 September, 2004

Officials were cited as saying Tuesday that a 14-month-old baby boy in Vietnam has died from suspected avian influenza despite claims by the government that the deadly disease has been brought under control.
Nguyen Duc Long, deputy director of the Ministry of Health's legal department, was cited as saying that the baby, who was hospitalised in Hanoi on August 28 and then transferred to the Central Pediatric Hospital for specialist care, died on Sunday, adding, "The baby tested positive for Type A H5 virus, but this is not bird flu."
Hans Troedsson, the World Health Organization's (WHO) representative in Vietnam, was quoted as saying it was "highly likely" that the child's death was caused by bird flu, adding, "We suspect that H5N1 was responsible but we need to investigate it further" (Agence France Presse).