Saturday, March 10, 2012

Over 50 percent of H5N1 patients die

Truong Phu Son, 22, the third H5N1 patient in Vietnam this year, on March 6, left the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases after two weeks of treatment. On March 7, Dr. Tran Ngoc Huu, director of the HCM City Pasteur Institute, announced that a patient from the central highlands province of Dak Lak had been confirmed to catch type A/H5N1 flu.

The fourth H5N1 patient in Vietnam is a 32-year-old man from Dak Lak, who was hospitalized to the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases on March 5. Doctors made tests and confirmed that the patient has caught H5N1 flu.

It is reported that the patient’s family ate their ill chicken before he had symptoms of flu. The man bought medicines from a local drugstore to treat himself at home but he did not recover. He was hospitalized to a hospital in Dak Lak but his state did not improve after five days of treatment. The patient was then transported to the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said that the type of virus that the third patient, who left the hospital on March 6, caught is Clade 1, which is available in southern Vietnam.

Most of H5/N1 patients suffer from lung injuries and their lungs will not be able to recover completely, doctors say.This type of flue appeared in Vietnam for the first time in 2004. So far, Vietnam has had 122 patients, 50 percent of them died.So far this year, four patients have been recorded and two of them--both from southern Vietnam, died.