Four more swine flu deaths in Vietnam

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health on September 25 confirmed three more deaths from the A/H1N1 flu.

A thirteen-year old boy from the southern province of Long An died from the flu at the HCMC-based Tropical Diseases Hospital.

The child was admitted to the hospital on September 23 presenting symptoms of fever and cough. The boy was also suffering from chronic kidney disease and obesity.

After initially being given Tamiflu for suspected swine flu, his condition deteriorated soon after testing positive for the virus. He died on September 25.

A male Irish patient, 50, in Ho Chi Minh City, who had been in Vietnam for a month, died of A/H1N1 at the French-Vietnam Hospital in District 7.

A male patient, 30, from Nguyen Van Dau District, HCMC, was hospitalized presenting symptoms of fever and had breathing difficulties.

He was then treated with Tamiflu, but died from pneumonia and respiratory failure on September 23.

The forth death was of a 23-year old female patient from Krong Buk District, in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak. She was 36 weeks pregnant when she died.

The Ministry of Health reported an additional 175 cases of swine flu on September 25 alone, bringing the total number of A/H1N1 infections to 8,014 and 14 fatalities.

By T. Lam, Q. Khanh, translated by Uyen Phuong

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