Avian flu detected in another southern Vietnam city

World | 13 Jun 2018 3:58 pm

After Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, southern Can Tho city had reported the first confirmed and suspected cases of A H1N1 bird flu, the provincial Preventive Medicine Center said today, Xinhua reports.

An 84-year-old woman patient at the Can Tho General Hospital has tested positive to A H1N1 virus, becoming the first confirmed infection in Can Tho after years of being free from the virus, said the center.

One doctor and two nurses at the hospital have shown symptoms of A H1N1 infections, after taking care of the old woman. The three medical workers have been isolated.

Earlier this month, Ho Chi Minh City reported 28 suspected and confirmed cases of A H1N1 infection, including 16 confirmed ones. Of the 28 suspected cases, eight are medical workers at the Tu Du Hospital, a major maternity institution in Vietnam.

According to the World Health Organization, A H1N1 flu can be transmitted by droplets emanating from unprotected coughs and sneezes, hand contamination, and interpersonal encounters in crowded closed spaces.

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