Diseases might re-occur during Tet holiday

In Vietnam, the re-occurrence of bird flu, swine flu and swine streptococcus may re-emerge and affect the country, as consumption of meat during the Tet holiday is high.

Some cases of H1N1 infections have been reported recently in Vietnam and there is some concern that a reoccurrence of these diseases will occur shortly.

The Tropical Diseases Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City recently admitted a woman who had been infected with the H1N1 virus after returning from Malaysia and another case of a pregnant woman was reported in Hanoi last week said Doctor Nguyen Hong Ha, Deputy Director of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases. However, her health condition is now stable, as medical workers have kept her in quarantine.

Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, head of the National Department of Preventative Health, warned people to be aware of flu like symptoms. Moreover, the world authorities have reported that a re-occurrence of swine flu is about to happen and similar to the one that killed over 100 people in the United Kingdom recently.

Furthermore, the Department said in Vietnam there has been an increase of swine flu cases, with three being recorded this month. The percentage of H1N1 infection cases now accounts for 10 percent. However, all cases have been very slight and no new cases of the virus have been reported.

Mr. Binh said the Ministry of Health should order medical clinics to scrutinize cases of infection more closely in a bid to stop the virus from spreading. People should keep warm and protect themselves by maintaining good personal hygiene.

Furthermore, Dr. Nguyen Hong Ha has advised people not to transport or sell diseased poultry. In addition, pig bacteria is still a threat as a man from the Northern Province of Hai Duong is in hospital, infected with the swine flu streptococcus. Because of the bacteria, his internal organs have failed and doctors had to cut amputate his legs due to gangrene.

Pigs are considered the main principal host of the bacteria and transmission to humans occurs mostly by direct contact from infected pigs or contaminated pork products.  People should cook pork products extremely well in order to prevent swine streptococcus from spreading, warned Doctor Ha.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Truong Son

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