A/H1N1 flu claims 49 lives in Vietnam

Vietnam’s health ministry has confirmed 49 deaths from the A/H1N1 flu as of December 15, with two recent victims were pregnant and the other already suffered from the African fever.

The ministry also has confirmed that a total of 11,047 people were found positive for the A/H1N1 virus in 21 cities and provinces, said Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, Chief of the Health Ministry’s Department for Preventive Medicine and Environment at a meeting of the National Steering Board on Flu Prevention in Humans in Hanoi on December 16.

At the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Van Kinh, Director of the Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases, reported that infections of the A/H1N1 flu in the country seems to have taken a break for sometime.

He said doctors have recognised several cases where patients showed resistance to Tamiflu. However, they said there has been no evidence of genetic mutations from taking the medication.

Dr. Kinh alerted that although the number of A/H1N1 people hospitalized has reduced significantly, those who have been taken to the hospital recently have often dealt with serious complications of the flu infection.

Accordingly, he recommends that an early diagnose and prompt treatment remains the best option for people to prevent themselves from catching the disease.

The doctor also warned that the A/H1N1 influenza in poultry has recently showed signs of recurrence in a number of cities and provinces in the country, which would increase potential risks of poultry-human transmissions.

Source: VNA

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