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One Quang Nam person tests positive for diphtheria

Update: July, 22/2015 - 15:43
A local resident that had symptoms of fever and difficulty in eating and drinking related to diphtheria was given with medicine for treatment. — Photo

QUANG NAM — One of three medical samples from patients in the mountainous Phuoc Loc Commune of Phuoc Son District has tested positive for diphtheria.

Director of the province's health department Nguyen Van Hai told Viet Nam News yesterday that the test results from Nha Trang Pasteur Institute reported only one patient as being infected with the disease.

He said it was the second case among 13 patients being treated for diphtheria, and that no new case has been detected in the area since July 9.

He said the institute had tested seven out of 10 medical samples that were sent to Nha Trang two weeks ago, while the reports of the three remaining samples were released on Tuesday night.

"They were the last results of 10 medical samples tested for diphtheria in the area. The situation is under control. Patients are still receiving treatment at the district hospital and at home under the supervision of doctors," he said.

Last week, the department said 13 people in villages 8A and 8B in the commune reportedly had fever, ganglion inflammations and difficulty in eating and drinking, all being symptoms related to diphtheria.

Three people, who were believed to have the disease, had died. But two medical samples of the dead persons tested negative for diphtheria.

Meanwhile, only one patient tested positive for diphtheria among the first seven medical samples of patients sent to Nha Trang Institute.

Villages 8A and 8B have 224 ethnic Mo Nong people. — VNS

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