Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City has brought the outbreak of swine flu (A/H1N1) under control, quarantining and treating those who tested positive and placing those suspected of being infected under close supervision.
In an outbreak, 15 people were found to have contracted the disease, but 13 have recovered while a 46-year-old man died.
The hospital is currently treating the last one while three others suspected to be infected with the virus have been isolated at its tropical diseases ward, according to Nguyễn Trường Sơn, its director.
On June 11 the hospital first reported that four patients admitted to the nephrology ward with other ailments had tested positive for the A/H1N1 influenza virus.
Seventeen other patients in the ward were suspected to have the virus and placed under supervision, and 10 subsequently tested positive.
The hospital also received 13 other people suspected to have the disease, and five tested positive, including the deceased man.
The man from the city’s Bình Tân District was hospitalised on June 22 with respiratory distress and pneumonia and died of swine flu two days later.
Since June 20 no new case has been discovered in or admitted to the hospital.
"With 15,000-20,000 patients and their relatives coming to the hospital every day, it is a huge challenge to contain the spread of the disease," Sơn said.
But it has taken all possible measures like complete isolation and close monitoring of patients and others suspected to be infected, widespread propaganda about preventive measures and establishment of a committee to work towards containing the outbreak, according to the director. —VNS