An official confirmed September 23 Vietnam’s 10th death from swine flu, a 59-year-old woman with other debilitating illnesses.
Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Health Ministry’s Health Preventive and Environment Department, said the woman, the second fatality in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, was suffering from end-stage renal failure due to chronic kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.
The victim was taken to the provincial hospital on September 17 and died at the Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City four days later.
A further 194 new A/H1N1 flu cases were reported September 23, 120 in the south, 46 in the north, six in the central region, and 22 in the Central Highlands.
It takes the country’s tally of swine-flu victims to 7,636, with 56 of the 63 provinces and cities reporting cases. Of them, 5,047 have been treated and discharged from hospitals.
Panic set in for a while in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho following rumors the same day that a student at Tran Quoc Toan school died of swine flu. The police rejected it as being groundless.
Hundreds of children in Tam Nong District in the southern province of Vinh Long have stopped attending school for fear of contracting the disease.
A local education official, La Quy Don, said 100 outbreaks have been reported from pre-schools to universities, with around 150 students infected.