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Localities urged to prevent A/H1N1 flu
The central province of Quang Binh and the northern province of Dien Bien have strengthened measures to cope with A/H1N1 flu while the deadly virus is expected to spread widely during this winter.
In Quang Binh, more than 500 people took part in a rehearsal to prevent A/H1N1 flu infections in humans in Ba Don town, Quang Trach district. The rehearsal aimed to assess the management skills of the steering committee for A/H1N1 flu prevention in humans and draw up experiences from health workers involved in the field.
Health workers from the provincial district preventive medical centres took turns checking suspected patients, isolating them and taking samples for test at the central hospitals.
Meanwhile, in Dien Bien, four more cases of A/H1N1 flu infection have been reported, bringing the total cases in the province to 19. So far, the disease has spread to 30 communes and 37 schools in the three districts of Dien Bien, Muong Cha and Dien Bien Phu.
According to the provincial preventive health centre, since the first H5N1 patient died in Dam Mun, Dien Bien district on November 30, 2009, no more deaths from the same disease have been reported in the province. Previously, four suspected cases tested negative for the A/H5N1 virus. Currently, 18 people contacting the deadly virus are being isolated and monitored strictly and they remain in stable conditions.