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Influenza A (H1N1) accounts for most seasonal flu cases
The Saigon Times Daily
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Influenza A (H1N1) accounts for most seasonal flu cases

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – The H1N1 swine influenza strain, or Flu A virus H1N1, accounted for 40% of infectious seasonal flu cases, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper cited the head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Dang Duc Anh, as saying on June 12.

Research on influenza in the first few months of 2018 found that H1N1 represented a higher proportion than flu B and flu A (H3N2), noted Anh.

Seasonal influenza was said to be caught in the winter and spring seasons, but it is now possible to contract the flu throughout the year, Anh remarked, adding that H1N1 is spreading in many provinces and cities where temperatures are high.

Anh noted H1N1 is transmitted from an infected person to others via normal breathing and coughing. As a result, patients in flu-hit regions quickly pass the flu on to others.

Tran Dac Phu, director of the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, claimed the spread of H1N1 at Tu Du Hospital in HCMC had been put under control but pointed out that the flu could attack and damage the lungs if left untreated.

The H1N1 virus can remain active on the surfaces of tables and chairs for 24 to 48 hours, on clothes for eight to 12 hours and on individuals’ palms for some five minutes.

Flu viruses live especially long in a water-based environment and can survive some four days at 22 degrees Celsius and up to a month at zero degree Celsius. Hotel swimming pools are said to be the ideal environment for these viruses to develop, particularly during the rainy season when there is a general lack of sunlight.

To prevent the flu, experts and doctors suggest people should cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

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