Vietnam metro reports 3rd swine flu death in a week

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A man with influenza A/H1N1 receives treatment at Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi.Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

A 49-year-old man infected  with influenza A/H1N1, better known as swine flu, has died at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, bringing the country's 2013 swine flu death toll to eight.

The latest victim, referred to as N.X.T, died at the Gia Dinh People's Hospital on June 3,  Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuyet, deputy director of the hospital, said on Friday.

He was the fourth victim to test positive for H1N1 and die in the southern metro this year, and the third fatality to be reported in the city in just one week.

According to Tuyet, the man was hospitalized on May 24 with fever and diarrhea. Despite the doctors' efforts, he suffered respiratory failure.

His health records showed that he had experienced kidney failure and suffered from liver disease before contracting the flu.

Tuyet said his hospital is currenty treating three other patients suspected of having H1N1, but their condition has stabilized. 

HCMC recorded its first swine flu death of the year, a 72-year-old man, in May. A 61-year-old then died on June 3, while a 24-year-old woman died on June 5 after delivering a baby.

Vietnam recorded its first H1N1 deaths this year in April: a 12-year-old girl in the central province of Thanh Hoa, and two men aged 23 and 46 in the northern province of Yen Bai

The northern province of Ha Giang also reported one case, a 56-year-old man.

Dr. Le Hoang San, deputy director of HCMC Pasteur Institute, told Thanh Nien that as southern Vietnam enters the rainy season , the number of cases will increase.

He said his institute has observed that two of every 100 people receiving health checks at local hospitals have some form of flu.

Therefore, people with fever over 38 degrees Celsius and intense coughing should seek examination and treatment early at local health clinics, San said.

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People over 65, children under five, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems due to cancer or HIV/AIDS are among the most susceptible to swine flu, doctors said.

More than 11,200 people in Vietnam have become infected with H1N1 since it broke out worldwide in 2009. The virus had claimed 70 lives by the end of 2011 before easing last year.

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