Vietnam reports first bird flu death in nine months
HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam has recorded its first death from bird flu in nine months, according to the country's Health Ministry, amid growing regional concerns over a potential resurgence of the deadly virus.
A 52-year-old man from southern Binh Phuoc province died on Saturday after receiving treatment in Ho Chi Minh City, the ministry said in a statement issued late Monday.
"His sample... tested positive to the H5N1 virus," the statement said.
It was Vietnam's first fatality from the virus since a four-year-old child died in April 2013.