Two Mekong Delta women in their mid-forties who tested positive for swine flu have died.
Pham Thi Lai of Vinh Long Province and Phan Thi Thuy Trang of Ben Tre are the latest H1N1-related deaths in Vietnam, where 10 people have died so far this year.
Dr Nguyen Thanh Nhom, director of the Vinh Long General Hospital, said Lai, 45, was hospitalized on June 15 with high fever and respiratory failure.
She had been diagnosed with severe pneumonia, but doctors suspected that she had swine flu and sent her samples to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, he said.
According to Nhom, soon after Lai was admitted she showed signs of fatigue, and the next day she fell into a coma and died.
On June 17 the Pasteur Institute confirmed that she had the A/H1N1 strain of swine flu.
Vietnam News Agency Monday quoted Dr Nguyen Van Thang, deputy director of Ben Tre Province's Department of Health, as saying that Trang, 47, was the province's first H1N1 death this year.
She fell sick on June 6 and received treatment at a private clinic.
Four days later she was admitted to the Minh Duc General Hospital, and then transferred to Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital in HCMC on suspicion of some lung disease.
She died two days later and her samples showed she had swine flu.
Vietnam reported its first H1N1 deaths in April.
More than 11,200 people in the country have become infected with H1N1 since it broke out worldwide in 2009. The virus claimed 70 lives by the end of 2011 before easing last year.
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