HCM City man dies of swine flu

HCM CITY (VNS)— A 49-year-old man died of swine flu on Monday at the Gia Dinh People’s Hospital in HCM City, the hospital reported yesterday.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Tuyet, deputy director of the hospital, said the man, Nguyen Xuan Thien, was hospitalised on May 24 with symptoms of fever and diarrhea.

On May 26, he was isolated for treatment after developing respiratory problems. Tests showed that he had contracted the A/H1N1 swine flu virus.

Doctors said the man had previously been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney problems.

It was the third death caused by the A/H1N1 virus this week in HCM City, raising the death toll to four in the city this year.

A three-year old boy infected with A/H1N1 is also being treated at the city’s Pediatrics Hospital No. 1.

The boy is a relative of a 61-year-old man from southern Dong Thap Province who died of A/H1N1 on Monday at Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City.

Peak season for flu

HCM City hospitals also reported this week that the number of children with respiratory ailments and influenza infections had risen significantly over the last two weeks.

Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy director of the city’s Preventive Medicine Centre, said the peak season for respiratory illnesses extended from June through October.

Tho spoke at a meeting on flu-prevention and control in HCM City yesterday.

Dr. Le Hoang San, deputy head of the Pasteur Institute in HCM City, said that two out of 100 patients having health check-ups had been diagnosed with influenza.

Immunisation is one of the most effective methods for prevention of seasonal flu, he said.

In May, an average of 170-180 children with respiratory illnesses were admitted each day to the city’s Pediatrics Hospital No.1, compared to 140 in previous months, according to Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, head of the hospital’s Respiratory Department.

Most of the patients were children under two years old, he said.

In recent days, the number of cases at the city’s Pediatrics Hospital No. 2 has jumped to 210 per day, compared to the 180 cases per day in previous months, according to Dr. Pham Mai Dang, deputy head of the hospital’s General Planning Department. — VNS

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