Doctors deny causal link between TB shot, baby death in central Vietnam

By Pham Anh, Thanh Nien News

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Doctors deny causal link between TB shot, baby death in central Vietnam

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Health authorities in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum said Friday they found no evidence that a tuberculosis shot had caused the death of a month-old baby early this week.
The baby girl received the BCG tuberculosis vaccine at a medical center in Kon Tum Town on May 5.
She developed fever and cried often after coming home, her mother Ho Thi Kieu said. The family, however, did not consult doctors and thought the baby was fine since she did not refuse breastfeeding.
She died at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
Nguyen Thi Bich Van, the head of Quyet Thang Ward Medical Center, said medical check-up before the vaccination showed the baby had no disease.
After receiving the shot, the baby stayed at the center for another 30 minutes and there was not adverse event, Van said.
Kieu, the mother, said her baby had had mild fever and coughing before receiving the shot, but she didn't inform doctors about that.
The family refused an autopsy and brought the baby home for burial right after her death.
The Kon Tum Province Health Department said the BCG vaccine was produced by Vietnam’s Institute of Vaccine and Medical Biologicals, and was stored in good condition.
Twenty-four other infants who were given the BCG shots on the same day at  the center were reported to be stable.
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