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Vietnam: Many patients in critical condition due to H1N1 flu

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  • Vietnam: Many patients in critical condition due to H1N1 flu

    he 31-year-old, who was 24 weeks pregnant, was earlier admitted to the hospital with common flu symptoms such as a running nose and sneezing. Her condition quickly deteriorated despite two weeks of intensive medical care, said Associate Professor Dao Xuan Co, head of the Intensive Care Department at Bach Mai Hospital. Two other male patients who tested positive for the H1N1 virus are reportedly in critical condition at the hospital, including a 64-year-old man from Hanoi who was previously diagnosed with high blood pressure. He had a running nose, fever, cough and chest pains six days before being sent to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and received medical treatment but did not recover. He was then admitted to Bach Mai hospital for respiratory failure and losing consciousness.
    The other man, 51, from Hanoi also suffered from respiratory failure and diabetes. The prognosis for both was dim despite the intensive medical treatments, Dr Co said.

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    More people in crtical condition because of flu virus

    Deputy Head of Contagious Disease Ward of the National Children Hospital in Hanoi Dr. Do Thien Hai said there has been a drastic increase in the number of flu kid inpatients in the hospital lately.
    Physicians found that many of them have been infected with flu but they have been taken to the hospital late and some of them have even been taking antibiotic for mistakenly diagnosed with sore throat; consequently, they were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
    Meantime, the National Tropical Disease Hospital also admitted flu adult inpatients; many of them contracted with virus A/H1N1 while some had H8N2 virus and others got B flu virus. Worse, several were in life-threatening conditions.
    Following these severe cases, Director of the Tropical Diseases Hospital Professor Nguyen Van Kinh said that illnesses have developed unpredictably because of climate change. Previously, flu patients were hospitalized in cold season but today, flu is year round disease; more critically, virus strains have mutated causing bad pneumonia and risk of death.
    More importantly, flu virus has resisted drugs including Tamiflu. Scientific researches have shown that the rate of resistance of Tamiflu in the Southeast Asian country is from 10 percent to 15 percent; hence physicians keep prescribe Tamiflu for flu treatment.