The Preventive Medicine Centre of the southern province of Binh Phuoc has instructed the Bu Dang district health centre to sterilise the building and surrounding area where the first case of A/H5N1 was found this year.

The district health centre was also required to closely watch patients with symptoms close to this type of avian influenza.

Earlier, Hoang Van Minh, a 52-year-old Dao man from Binh Minh commune, Bu Dang district, died after seven days in hospital with symptoms linked to A/H5N1.

This was the first A/H5N1 case recorded in the country in nine months, according to the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department (PMD).

The patient was hospitalised on January 11 with flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing and breathing difficulties after his family ate duck meat. All samples taken from him tested positive for A/H5N1 flu.

The PMD has instructed the provincial health department to increase measures to supervise and prevent an epidemic in the locality.

It has also advised local people to follow precautionary measures like hand-washing with soap, and wearing gloves and masks if handling sick or dead fowl.-VNA