New suspected cases of A/H1N1 virus prove negative

As of May 7, out of 14 passengers with high fevers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport quarantine center, 13 have tested negative for the A/H1N1 flu virus.

On May 7, the center quarantined a 67-year-old Malaysian woman. She was rushed to Ho Chi Minh City Tropical Hospital for tests.

She will continue to be isolated until final results are available.

To effectively prevent an epidemic, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has been holding training courses for local medical staff. It has also supplied an additional 1,200 Tamiflu for employees at the center who come into direct contact with suspected cases.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment, on May 7 announced negative test results of a person arriving in Ho Chi Minh City from the Czech Republic who was on May 6 found to have fever.

The institute is carrying out tests on another passenger entering Vietnam on May 6.

At Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, quarantine personnel had to use portable electric thermometers to measure passengers due to a systems crash.

Hanoi authorities have approved the purchase of equipment to measure passengers’ temperatures, with medical authorities providing an additional machine.

By T. Kien, T. Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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