Ministry confirms third swine flu fatality in Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, director of the Department of Preventive Health and Environment, has confirmed the third swine flu death in Vietnam.

Dr. Nga said September 7 that the health condition of a 56-year-old woman in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District, who was also mentally ill, deteriorated quickly after contracting the flu. She died from severe pneumonia and respiratory failure in spite of doctors’ efforts to save her.

The Ministry of Health also reported on the same day 141 new cases of A/H1N1. The southern provinces accounted for most of them with 122.

To date, Vietnam has reported 3,777 cases of the disease including three deaths.

Dr. Nga added that though the incidence of swine flu has soared, the fatality rate in Vietnam remains much lower than the World Health Organization’s forecast and in neighboring countries. Thailand has reported 130 deaths, Malaysia 73, India 105, Japan 10, and Singapore 17.

Worldwide, nearly 2,840 people have died of the disease.

By Q. Khanh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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