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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vietnam : H5N1 influenza epidemic has returned, says official

Via Vietnam Net, excerpt :

" Vietnam has had only two H5N1 influenza patients in the last two years and both of them are dead. Thus, the H5N1 epidemic has returned, remarked Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long at a meeting on February 7.

On January 10, an 18-year-old man in the southern province of Kien Giang began having symptoms of flu and he bought and took medicines by himself. Four days ago, he was brought to a local hospital when the disease was very serious. The man died two days later.

The second patient, a 26-year-old woman in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang died on January 28.

The patient was brought to the local hospital on January 23 after showing fever symptoms. She was then transferred to Bac Lieu Province General Hospital on January 25, with viral pneumonia diagnosis since the illness still persisted. She died in the hospital three days later.

Test conducted by Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City has showed that both patients were infected with Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as "bird flu."

The first patient was a duck tender, while the second patient slaughtered and ate infected meat.

Dr. Nguyen Van Kinh, Director of the Hanoi-based Hospital of Tropical Diseases, said that the second patient was treated by Tamiflu late so she could not recover."

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