Vietnam’s swine flu deaths rise to seven

A 40-year-old man in the central city of Danang has died from the A/H1N1 flu, taking the total in Vietnam to seven, the Ministry of Health said September 18.

Medical workers practice A/H1N1 outbreak prevention in Danang City (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Le Trong Tan from Thanh Khe District, who had previously suffered from collagen disease, began presenting symptoms of swine flu from September 12, including high body temperature, cough, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue.

Tan took medicine at home but his condition did not improve.

He was hospitalized on September 16 at Military Hospital 7 in the city with his body temperature at 39 degrees Celsius and having difficulty breathing.

Doctors treated him with antibiotics and tamiflu.

He was moved to Da Nang Hospital on September 17 when his condition worsened and had serious respiratory problems. He later died early in the evening.

The Pasture Institute in the central city of Nha Trang September 18 said that a 9th grade student, Truong Thao Nguyen, had tested positive for swine flu.

She is the 4th student to be infected with A/H1N1 in Da Nang.

In the Central Highlands the same day, Kon Tum Province Department of Health confirmed the first swine flu case in the province.

A 12 year old student got the virus after a trip with his family to Nha Trang.

Meanwhile, the total number of people who have contracted A/H1N1 has reached 107 in Dac Lac Province, most patients are school students.

In the neighboring province of Gia Lai, 84 people have contracted swine flu with tens of schools having recorded many infected students.

In the southern province of Binh Duong, A/H1N1 has occurred in 26 schools making 82 students with swine flu.

On September 18, Vietnam recorded 218 people testing positive for swine flu, taking the country’s total number to 6,179 with seven deaths.

4,603 people have been discharged from hospital.

Of the new infections, the South has the highest number of A/H1N1 patients with 123, followed by the North with 48, the Central region with 34 and the Central Highlands with 13.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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