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    Posted: November 13 2009 at 7:44pm
Two die of swine flu, dengue fever combination
Two patients infected with both influenza A (H1N1) virus and dengue fever have died in Hanoi, Nguyen Hong Ha, deputy head of the National Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, said on Wednesday.

Ha said both patients had been admitted to the institute last week in critical condition.

The nation’s first two patients with the combination of swine flu and dengue detected early this month had also been treated at the institute. They have been discharged after full recovery.

According to the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) so far has reported seven cases with both dengue fever and swine flu with one death in Barbados, an island in the West Indies.

Vietnam has so far recorded 41 deaths related to swine flu since May. A 16-year-old girl who was six-months pregnant in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang was the latest victim, the ministry reported.

The ministry’s Preventive Health and Environment Department said a meeting on H1N1 vaccines distribution among eight Southeast Asian countries will be held Thursday in Bangkok.

The 1.2 million doses of vaccines that WHO will sponsor for Vietnam are expected to arrive next month.

The US will support the countries with syringes and training for H1N1 vaccination campaigns, the department said.

In the meantime, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vietnam Company has applied for a license to import and distribute the vaccines, according to the Drug Administration of Vietnam, which also said all procedures will be completed as soonest possible.

Vietnam plans to import 500,000 doses of the vaccines as a preventive measure for high-risk population segments like pregnant women and patients with chronic diseases.

Source: Thanh Nien, Tuoi Tre

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Vietnam reports bird flu outbreak among poultry
A farmer unloads chickens at a poultry market in the northern Vietnamese province of Ha Tay
Vietnam has announced the reemergence of bird flu among its poultry after six months with no reported outbreaks of the H5N1 virus, the country's animal health department said.

The infected poultry were reported in nine farming households in the northern mountainous Dien Bien province between October 21 and 23, said the department in an online report late Sunday.

Animal health workers have slaughtered more than 2,200 poultry to contain the outbreak, it said.

Communist Vietnam has the world's second-highest human bird flu death toll after Indonesia, with 56 deaths to date.

This year, the country has reported four human fatalities. The last case was a 23-year-old woman who died in northern Thanh Hoa province in late April.

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Viet Nam Typhoon

GENERAL INFORMATION


Three powerful storms struck the nation of Viet Nam in the space of barely two months.

After causing severe damage to the Philippines, Typhoon Ketsana, with maximum winds at the centre of 118-149kph, hit Viet Nam on 29 September 2009. Most affected areas include central coastal regions such as Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai. Houses, rice fields and vegetable gardens have been damaged. 

Two weeks later, on 15 October 2009, Typhoon Parma made landfall in Viet Nam, bringing heavy rains to Quang Ninh and Ha Tinh. Preemptive measures by the Government and partner agencies significantly reduced damage to property and loss of life.

Finally, on 3 November, Typhoon Mirinae struck Viet Nam, causing heavy flooding in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue to Phu Yen and triggering a landslide in Quang Nam province.


http://www.wpro.who.int/sites/eha/disasters/2009/vtn_typhoons/

 

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Vietnam produces its first swine flu vaccines
A research group from Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Pasteur has successfully produced the first locally-made batch of swine flu vaccines, said the institute’s deputy director on Thursday.

The vaccines were made with cell culture technology, which is a more efficient method than the traditional model of producing vaccines in fertilized chicken eggs, said deputy director Cao Thi Bao Van.

Van said samples had been tested on mice but that more clinical trials were needed before the vaccines could be put into mass production.

In the meantime, Vietnam is waiting for 1.2 million imported doses of the swine flu (H1N1) vaccine, sponsored by the World Health Organization, to arrive next month, according to Nguyen Tran Hien, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

The country is also expected to import another 500,000 doses, but the arrival date has not been released.

Also on Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported that 39 people with H1N1 had died since the disease emerged here in May.

Source: Thanh Nien, Tuoi Tre

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