Friday, December 9, 2011

Vietnam: CDC Warns of New Virus: S-OtrH3N2


Vietnam Health Ministry on Monday asked epidemic institutes to prepare for a new subtype of “swine flu” virus that can enter country.

The statement was made by the ministry’s Preventive Health Department after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, on November 23 announced three more cases infected with the new subtype.

The virus has been named S-OtrH3N2, which is a combination of the two subtypes of influenza A virus H1N1 and H3N2, the latter found in pigs.

Nguyen Tran Hien, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, said the institute’s flu control centers around the country is taking samples of flu patients every day to check for the new virus subtype.

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