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21 February 2012 08:21
People in Vietnam have been urged to avoid contact with poultry and pigs (AP)
Vietnam has urged citizens and holidaymakers not to eat pork or poultry from animals that were sick or died of unknown causes after the first human case of H3N2 swine flu contracted from pigs was reported in the country.
Officials from Vietnam's Preventive Medicine Department said a two-year-old girl was diagnosed with the disease and successfully treated in hospital.
The Ministry of Health announced it will investigate the case in co-operation with the World Health Organisation and said the country's flu surveillance systems will be strengthened to help identify similar cases.
It said people who were in contact with poultry or pigs and showed flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing or breathing difficulties must be taken to hospital immediately.
Holidaymakers with existing health problems are being urged to take out
travel insurance with medical conditions ahead of visiting the country.
A total of 18 people with H3N2 swine flu contracted from pigs have been detected by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the past three years.
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