Country sees 90 new cases of A/H1N1

The Health Ministry announced 90 new cases of A/H1N1 September 2, raising Vietnam’s total figure to 3,021 and two deaths.

Of those infected with swine flu, 1,410 have been discharged from hospital after treatment and 1,609 are still in isolation.

Of the new cases, 76 were in the South, six in the Central region and eight in the Central Highlands.

The flu season is now emerging in the Northern Hemisphere region, with the number of infected people expected to rise in the coming months in Vietnam.

The country should intensify measures against swine flu, especially Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Khanh Hoa Province, which have the highest number of swine flu patients, to prevent the epidemic from spreading to other provinces, said the deputy Minister of Health, Trinh Quan Huan.

The number of deaths in Vietnam is lower than other countries in the region because most patients have been diagnosed quickly and treated immediately. However, it cannot be estimated when the number of deaths will rise in the country, said Dr Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Medicine and the Environment Department.

The World Health Organization has warned that the further changes in the A/H1N1 influenza virus will be a threat to the global community, with the number of infected people and deaths likely to rise much more, Dr. Nga stressed.

By K.Nguyen – Translated by Kim Khanh

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