Vietnamese health officials Oct. 2 confirmed three swine flu-related deaths -- a man in Ho Chi Minh City and two women in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau.
The male victim, 29, from HCMC’s District 12, was hospitalized at the city’s Heart Institute.
|Children with flu treated at the National Institute of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Photo: VNA)|
A week ago, he suffered a high fever, running nose and body pains, but decided to self-medicate instead of seeking medical attention.
Though, initially, his fever broke for a short while, his condition worsened.
Tests showed that he was infected with the H1N1 virus and medics immediately gave him Tamiflu pills. In spite of doctors’ effort to save him, his condition deteriorated and he died on October 2.
A 25-year-old pregnant woman from the southern province of Ca Mau’s U Minh District died from swine flu on September 27, five days after being admitted to the province hospital, a health official said.
A 47-year-old woman from the province’s Phu Tan District presented flu symptoms on September 24. She was taken to the district hospital three days later. Health workers confirmed her death on September 30.
Their deaths bring the nationwide death toll to 19 in less than two months.
On October 3 alone, 76 more cases of A/H1N1 influenza infections were reported, bringing the nation’s total number of patients to 9,537, including 19 deaths.
Of those infected, 8,331 have been discharged from hospital and the rest are quarantined for treatment, said the Ministry of Health.
The ministry said the development of the flu is very complicated. The polluted environment in the Central and the Highlands provinces, due to recent flooding and storms, is causing concerns to health officials.
The ministry warned people in storm-hit areas to conduct good hygienic measures, with pregnant women, who are vulnerable to the flu, to visit their nearest medical clinics for consultancy and timely treatment if they present flu-like symptoms.