Vietnam holds flu drill

HANOI – THE airport in Vietnam’s capital has held an emergency H1N1 flu exercise, isolating 10 ‘suspected cases’ of people carrying the virus, state media said on Monday.

The simulation involved a mock flight from an ‘infected’ country with 160 passengers aboard at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport, the Vietnam News said.

Ten of the passengers with a pretend high fever, some of whom also had other ‘symptoms,’ were taken to hospital. The remaining passengers were isolated and placed under supervision, while the plane was fumigated as part of the simulation, the report said.

To guard against swine flu, authorities have been monitoring passengers arriving at Noi Bai.

South Korean health officials said on Monday that a Vietnamese national in transit had been quarantined at a South Korean airport after showing swine flu symptoms.

A health ministry spokesman said she was returning home after a trip to the United States.

Nearly 8,500 people in 39 countries have been infected with swine flu, according to the latest World Health Organisation figures.

Authorities say communist Vietnam, which has the world’s second-highest death toll from bird flu, remains free of the A(H1N1) virus. — AFP


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