Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vietnam Worry of Complications with virulence, combination of viruses or new mutation #H5N1 #H7N9 #H1N1

Translation - Excerpt (all editing is mine):

Not only recorded two deaths from bird flu that recently many hospitals also receive many patients with suspected influenza and the common " sticky " influenza A/H5N1 .

Hospital for Tropical Diseases in central , Master Nguyen Hong Ha , deputy director of the hospital , said the hospital recently received treatment for a female patient ( 39 years old , in Hanoi ) in respiratory distress very severe , very critical health , signs of influenza A/H5N1 infection . Notably , the survey patients whether or not to eat meat slaughtered poultry , but in patients with a family phenomenon of dead birds .
Along with that , in Hanoi also has recorded a flu outbreak in the Tri German School ( My Dinh commune , Tu Liem district , Hanoi ) with more than 20 students were hospitalized with treatment . Thankfully, all of the students in this flu outbreak is just testing showed normal flu season .

More worrisome , Dr. Tran Dac Phu said , along with the risk of influenza A/H5N1 virus outbreak in the country and spread the risk of influenza A/H7N9 intrusion into Vietnam from China is very large . Because, currently, number of patients and deaths from A/H7N9 flu in China continues to increase . Specifically 70 % of patients exposed to A/H7N9 flu in the country is due to spread from poultry .

Not only that , in Guangdong Province ( China ) , influenza A/H7N9 outbreak strongly that this is local to the border with Vietnam should have the volume between the two countries is very large , increasing the risk A/H7N9 flu from entering our country .

        The risk of complications

Within a short time the country has recorded two consecutive deaths due to H5N1 infection , some patients with normal seasonal flu as influenza B , influenza H3N2 , H1N1 rise makes people very worry .

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien , Director of the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology , said past studies showed that up to this point has not detected a change in the virulence of influenza viruses , as well as unrecognized infected cases A/H5N1 flu does spread from person to person . However, before the many flu strains circulating in the country and the risk of intrusion influenza A/H7N9 virus strains that combine or mutate into a new virus is more virulent and can not be excluded be underestimated .

Meanwhile , Master Nguyen Hong Ha was concerned when current mortality caused by influenza A/H5N1 is still very high , accounting for over 50 % of cases , while treatment face many difficulties if patients with late disease detection .

Risk of outbreaks and spread, the Ministry of Health has requested preventive health systems across the country and strengthen supervision to ensure early detection of cases to promptly localize and control drive services . The health facilities fully prepared medicines, equipment and isolation rooms , available for the treatment of influenza patients , especially patients infected with influenza A/H5N1 and H7N9 . In addition, the hospital and medical staff to strengthen prevention and control of infection , close monitoring of patients with acute respiratory infections severe .


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