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Health Officials Warn of Deadly Threat From H1N1 Flu Recombining With H5N1 Bird Flu

The reappearance of bird flu has opened up the threat of the virus combining with the swine flu virus to become more lethal and capable of human transmission, a Vietnam health official warned at a meeting of the National Steering Board of Human Flu Prevention on December 2.

Health officials recommend washing hands with soap as an effective measure to protect against the A/H1N1 virus

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, said the H1N1 virus that causes swine flu could combine with the H5N1 virus and become more deadly than the former and more capable of human-to-human transmission than the latter, especially in winter

He told delegates that two more people have died of swine flu, both from the Mekong delta province of An Giang -- a 33-year-old man from who died on November 20, and a 17-year-old girl who died on November 29.

On November 28 bird flu claimed its fifth victim, a 23-year-old man in the northern province of Dien Bien. Many others have been hospitalized around the country with suspected bird flu.

Officials from the Vietnam Drug Administration said at the meeting that three drug suppliers, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Sanoffi Aventis, and Pasteur have registered to sell swine-flu vaccines.

So far the country has reported 10,944 swine-flu cases with 46 deaths and five deaths from bird flu.

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Reference Sources: saigon-gpdaily.com
December 4, 2009
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