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Hospitalisations stoke fears of H5N1 outbreak

Update: January, 23/2014 - 09:04
The director of the department, Nguyen Nhat Canh, said the students were in a stable condition and many of them had left the hospital.— Photo vnexpress

HA NOI (VNS)— Two students from Ha Noi's Tri Duc High School were diagnosed with a seasonal influenza virus on Tuesday by the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.

The quick test results rejected public concern that the students had contracted A/H7N9 or A/H5N1, according to the city's Preventive Medicine Department.

The tests were taken after 34 students were hospitalised with fevers and respiratory infections.

The director of the department, Nguyen Nhat Canh, said the students were in a stable condition and many of them had left the hospital.

Canh warned that although no cases of A/H7N9 had been reported so far in Viet Nam, the country was still at risk of an outbreak following hundreds of cases in China.

Viet Nam recorded its first case of A/H5N1 this year when a 52-year-old man died in the southern province of Binh Phuoc last Saturday after seven days with symptoms linked to avian influenza type A/H5N1.

In a related move, the National Steering Committee for Bird Flu Prevention and Control on Tuesday ordered ministries and relevant agencies to co-operate with veterinary departments to take prompt action to prevent the spread of strains of avian influenza during Tet (Lunar New Year).

Pham Van Dong, head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Animal Health Department, said that new strains of avian influenza found in poultry several years ago had circulated among humans, with fatal cases recorded only in Hong Kong and Taiwan so far. — VNS

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