Tran Cong Phuc, from Chau Thanh District, was hospitalized at the general hospital in Dong Thap on March 12 with a fever, cough and breathing problems. He was later transferred to the city hospital on March 16 in serious condition. Tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute showed that he had contracted the H5N1 virus.

Medical workers from the city’s Preventative Medical Department have disinfected the Tropical Hospital and body of the victim. According to initial investigations, the boy’s family had had sick or dead poultry 10 days before their son fell ill.

The city hospital announced another suspected case of bird flu from Phuc’s neighboring hood. The adult is being tested to see if he has contracted the H5N1 virus.