Suspected case of bird flu lands in France

2nd December 2004, Comments 0 comments

NANCY, France, Dec 2 (AFP) - A 69-year-old man has been hospitalised in northeastern France with suspected bird flu, health officials said Thursday.

NANCY, France, Dec 2 (AFP) - A 69-year-old man has been hospitalised in northeastern France with suspected bird flu, health officials said Thursday.

The man, who has not been named, had recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, they said.

"We are applying the principle of precaution because the patient had come back from Vietnam and showed symptoms that suggested bird flu," said Bertrand Demangeon, a doctor at the main hospital in Nancy.

The man was being kept in isolation in the intensive care unit.

Bird flu has been responsible for some 20 deaths in Vietnam in the last year, and there have been outbreaks in six other Asian countries.

© AFP

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