MOH issues new treatment regimen for H7N9

The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Vietnam has issued a new treatment regimen to fight the new strain of Avian Flu virus.

The Ministry has warned that the new strain is far more dangerous than the earlier H5N1 strain. Accordingly, suspected cases should be examined in hospitals and kept in quarantine for testing.
Affected people must immediately take antibiotics and Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, as soon as possible.

Those in contact with poultry or birds or ill patients and suffer fever, cough, lung infection and breathing problem are on top of the suspect list. They will be tested and accordingly transferred to special wards for quarantine if results show positive for the deadly virus.

The ministry also noted that in case avian flu patients showed slow response to antibiotic drugs, doctors should double the doze and treatment period to 10 days or till samples show negative results. Medical clinics in particular should keep a close watch on a patient’s liver and kidney functions to adjust the doze accordingly.

Avian flu infected people are discharged from hospitals when they have no fever and their pulse, blood pressure and blood tests are normal. However, they should monitor their temperature once every 12 hours. If temperature goes higher than 38 degree celsius, they should go to a hospital for a check-up immediately.

The recent outbreak of the H7N9 strain in China has proved that the Avian Flu strain is constantly mutating and becoming more deadly.

Compared to H5N1, the H7N9 causes pneumonia and develops more rapidly and induces a higher fatality among patients, said deputy health minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen. But medical staffs have not yet verified the transmission and no evidence of human-to-human transmission has been evident so far.

By Ng. Khanh – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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