Vietnam southern hub reports another swine-flu death

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A woman who recently delivered a child has died of the H1N1 strain of swine flu in a Ho Chi Minh City hospital, becoming the second fatality in the hospital in a week and the third in the city this year.

V.T.C.V, 24, was admitted to Cho Ray Hospital Sunday just after the delivery of her first child.

Dr Hoang Lan Phuong, deputy director of the hospital's tropical diseases department, said V. was admitted with cough, fever, and respiratory problems.

She tested positive for H1N1 before dying Wednesday due to lung damaged and severe respiratory problems.

Just two days earlier Ly Kim Sen, 61, from the Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap had died of H1N1 after being treated at Cho Ray for two days.

Early last month HCMC reported its first swine-flu death this year when a 72-year-old man in District 11 died one day after being admitted to the 7A Military Hospital.

The northern province of Ha Giang reported its first H1N1 death this year on May 21 when Nguyen Van Lieu, 56, died after a week in hospital.

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Two men aged 23 and 46 in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai and a 12-year-old girl in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa died of swine flu in April.

Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper quoted Dr Tran Phu Manh Sieu, director of the HCMC Center for Preventive Medicine, as saying that people aged above 65, children under five, pregnant women, and those with poor immunity due to cancers or HIV/AIDS are among the most susceptible to the disease.

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