A/H1N1 flu takes new death tolls in Asia-Pacific region
www.chinaview.cn 2009-06-27 23:45:43   Print

    HONG KONG, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The Influenza A/H1N1 virus has killed two people in Thailand, the new country in the Asia-Pacific region to have reported death cases in the latest flu pandemic.

    The first victim, a 40-year-old woman from Bangkok, died from pneumonia and haemoptysis, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thai Public Health Minister, told a press conference at 11 a.m. local time Saturday to brief details on the flu death.

    The woman, who was sent to a private hospital on June 8 after falling ill, developed fever and dyspnea and died on June 20, Dr. Kamnuan Ung-Chusak, Director of the Office of Epidemiology under the Department of Disease Control, said along with Mr. Witthaya.

    Another victim, a 42-year-old male engineer from the central province of Chonburi, also died from complications on June 26, Mr. Witthaya said.

    As of Saturday noon, Thailand confirmed 1,209 Influenza A/H1N1 cases. Of them, over 1,100 have recovered, and 22 of them, with 2 in critical condition, are being treated in hospitals.

    In its neighboring country Myanmar, the first case of influenzaA/H1N1 was confirmed on Saturday. A girl aged 13 was confirmed to have been infected with the flu, according to an evening broadcast of the state-run Radio Myanmar.

    The girl, who came back from Singapore by flight No. 3K 585 on Friday afternoon, was first found with no such human flu when screened at the airport. But she coughed seriously when she attended the evening tutorial class on the same day and then she was taken to the Yangon General hospital at night.

    She was confirmed by the hospital authorities that she had carried the virus.

    All of her fellow students and her family members have been separated and put under medical watch.

    The 91 other passengers, who traveled with the girl in the same flight, and people who have contacts with her are also being screened.

    In Malaysia, seven new cases of A/H1N1 flu were confirmed on Saturday, raising the total number of such cases in the country to112.

    Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said that a four-year-old boy from the Penang State in northwestern Malaysia was the latest case among the seven.

    The boy was infected by his older sibling, he said.

    So far, Malaysia recorded a total of 16 locally transmitted cases of A/H1N1 flu, he added.

    Vietnam's Ministry of Health confirmed eight more A/H1N1 flu cases, raising the total number of infections in the country to 84, local online newspaper the Youth reported Saturday.

    Vietnam has so far confirmed 84 cases, including 73 in southern provinces, seven in northern and four in central provinces. Among those, there are nine human-to-human transmission cases. A total of 32 patients had been discharged from hospitals, said the report.

    The number of influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases in New Zealand rose to 507 on Saturday, up 54 from 453 on Friday.

    The region housing the largest number of influenza A/H1N1 patients is Wellington, with 173 cases, followed by Auckland, 140,then Canterbury who has 128 people with the virus.

    Hong Kong SAR government announced to have confirmed 33 new cases of A/H1N1 influenza in the 24 hours by 2:30 p.m. Saturday, bringing the total number of A/H1N1 influenza cases to 629 in the city.

    Its Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) is pondering to adjust mitigation phase measures against the A/H1N1 Influenza, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

    The new measures would formally take effect on June 29 and preparatory work was now being undertaken, the spokesman said.

    "Most recent data show that HSI (human swine influenza A/H1N1) has become the dominant strain of influenza virus in Hong Kong, making up more than 70 percent of all influenza viruses. About one in eight patients seen at the HA's Designated Flu Clinics are tested positive for HSI. These data prove that HSI is widely circulating in the community," said the spokesman.

    "Since HSI is now widely circulating, measures such as patient isolation and contact tracing are no longer efficient in reducing transmission. Priority is now accorded to disease surveillance and management of clinically more severe cases," the spokesman said.

    "Clinical specimens will continue to be collected at Designated Flu Clinics and public hospitals to monitor the activity of HSI in the community on a daily basis," he added.

    Meanwhile, temperature screening, health declarations and broadcast of health messages at the control points would remain unchanged.

    The spokesman said starting June 29, travelers with mild symptoms and intercepted at all boundary control points would be provided with face mask and guidance notes for seeking medical consultation.

    "As for severe case, Port Health Officers will take them to public hospitals by ambulance for medical examination," he said.

    In Macao SAR, one more confirmed case of influenza A/H1N1 was reported on Saturday, bringing the total number of such cases to 16.

    The newly confirmed case was imported, concerning a 24-year-oldChinese mainland resident who arrived in Macao on June 5 and traveled to Philippine between June 21 and 22, according to Macao's Health Bureau. He showed flu symptoms after returning to Macao on June 23. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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