A Cambodian woman suspected of contracting bird flu has died in a hospital in southern Vietnam, a doctor said yesterday.
The 20-year-old woman from Kampot Province was admitted early Tuesday to the general hospital in Kien Giang Province bordering Cambodia with a serious lung infection.
She was hooked up to a respirator but died later in the day, said a hospital spokesman.
Swab samples taken from the woman had been sent to the Pasteur Institute in HCM City for testing and confirmation, he said.
Bird flu has killed 51 people so far in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia since a severe strain of the disease emerged in late 2003 to strike poultry farms across the region.
Cambodia has reported three deaths, Thailand has 12, and Vietnam has had 36 deaths.
The woman’s relatives said there were dead chickens in her neighbourhood and that she ate chicken eight days before falling ill, yesterday’s Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
In January, a 25-year-old Cambodian woman also from Kampot Province died of bird flu in the same hospital.