No mutations of A/H1N1 reported in Vietnam

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Vietnam has not recorded any mutations of the swine flu (A/H1N1) virus, according to Dr Nguyen Thanh Truong from HCM City’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

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Hospitals with patients infected with A/H1N1 should isolate patients to prevent the spread of the virus. —  Photo: Dinh Hang

Speaking at a seminar today on the prevention and treatment of A/H1N1 in the city, Truong said that test results showed that the virus was the same one that appeared in 2009.

For treatment and prevention of A/H1N1, Dr Dinh Huy Man from HCM City’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases said that hospitals should isolate patients infected with A/H1N1 to prevent the spread of the virus and use vaccines on the patients, who should not be transferred to other hospitals.

On June 24, a 46- year-old male patient from Binh Tan District died from swine flu at Cho Ray Hospital after two days of treatment at the hospital.

Dr Le Quoc Hung, head of Cho Ray Hospital’s department of tropical diseases said the patient was admitted to the hospital in poor condition with respiratory failure and pneumonia. He had to breathe through a ventilator.

In addition, the patient was obese, which made treatment more difficult, he added.

This was the third A/H1N1 death in the city since the beginning of the year.

The first patient was a 29-year-old female, who was also obese. She died at HCM City’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases on May 30. The second patient with end-stage kidney failure died at Cho Ray Hospital on June 23.

Cho Ray Hospital now has seven patients infected with swine flu. Three of them are in critical condition and must use a ventilator.

In early June, swine flu spread in Tu Du Hospital and 80 patients were isolated. Disinfectant was used in the hospital to prevent the spread of the virus. The situation is said to be now under control.

The mortality rate of swine flu, which is a seasonal flu, is lower than one per cent.

Source: VietNamNet

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