|A patient infected with the AH1N1 influenza virus being treated at HCM City’s Chợ Rẫy Hospital. Photo news.zing.vn|
HCM CITY — A patient with end-stage kidney failure has died of swine at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City, the hospital announced on Saturday.
He was one of 12 patients who had tested positive for the AH1N1 influenza virus at the hospital recently.
Lê Quốc Hùng, head of the hospital’s department of tropical diseases, five patients had been diagnosed with swine flu on June 11, while the rest were later admitted suffering from the virus.
The infected patients had been kept in isolation, Hùng said.
This is the first time the hospital had treated such a high number of swine flu patients, he said.
Nguyễn Trường Sơn, director of the hospital, said the patients had been placed under special supervision.
The hospital is also closely monitoring the health of personnel in the department of tropical diseases, and has ordered them to have flu vaccinations, wash their hands and maintain a safe distance from infected patients.
Staff and relatives have also been advised to take the same precautions.
Earlier this month, Từ Dũ Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital in HCM City reported 28 cases of swine flu, including eight staff.
On June 8, the city’s Preventive Medical Centre announced the fatality from swine flu this year.
The 26-year-old woman died of AH1N1 after attempting to treat herself at home for five days. — VNS