HANOI, Vietnam – A 23-year-old Vietnamese student who recently returned from the United States has tested positive for swine flu, becoming Vietnam's first confirmed case of the virus, state media and doctors said Sunday.
The student arrived Tuesday on a flight from Hong Kong to the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City with 189 other passengers, state television VTV reported. It said the Hanoi-based Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology confirmed that he was infected with the virus.
The Ministry of Health urged authorities in 24 provinces where the other passengers came from to conduct strict surveillance of them for seven days and make daily reports to the ministry, VTV said.
Tran Tinh Hien, a doctor at the Tropical Diseases Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said the man was in stable condition.
As of Friday, the World Health Organization said 53 countries have reported more than 15,000 cases of swine flu, including 99 deaths. The tally excludes the case in Vietnam. - AP
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