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Child bird flu patient escapes critical condition
  • |, NLD | October 22, 2022 02:16 PM
A five-year-old child in the northern province of Phu Tho infected with A/H5 avian flu has escaped critical condition.

The patient, Vietnam's first human case of A/H5 avian flu since 2014, was taken to the Vietnam National Hospital of Paediatrics on October 8 with severe symptoms, including respiratory failure, liver and acute kidney failure and multi-organ failure.

Doctor Do Anh Tuan, head of the hospital’s Intensive Care Ward, said that endotracheal intubation has been removed, and she was now quite conscious. Doctors are keeping a close eye on her condition, particularly how her kidneys were functioning.

The patient’s relatives said that she ate chicken and duck which must have been infected.

Medical authorities in Thanh Ba District have provided A/H5 avian flu tests for 65 people who came into close contact with her. But, luckily, all of them tested negative for the disease.

Vietnam has recorded 128 human cases of A/H5 since 2003, including 64 people who died. In 2014 alone, the country saw two cases of H5N1 in the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc and Dong Thap, and both of them died. They had contact with sick poultry.

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