The northern mountainous province of Lao Cai on May 8 detected six new suspected cases of swine flu A/H1N1 with three tested positive for the virus.

All of them showed flu-like symptoms of coughing, fever, headache and difficult breathing, said Nong Tien Cuong, Director of the provincial Health Department.

The three H1N1-positive patients are under treatment at the Bac Ha General Hospital in Lao Cai while the rest are isolated.

To date, Lao Cai, which shares a land border with China , has reported 86 suspected cases and ten cases positive for A/H1N1.

In the face of the epidemic’s complicated developments, thousands of health workers have been dispatched to all communes and towns across the province to help put the deadly flu strain under control.

Sharing those efforts, the neighbouring province of Yen Bai , which reported two deaths by A/H1N1, has taken a range of preventive measures against the flu, focusing on raising public awareness of the epidemic.

Over the past month, the province has conducted testing on 118 cases, of which 28 were found positive for A/H1N1, raising the locality’s total flu infections to over 5,200 so far this year.

The first A/H1N1 outbreak hit Nguyen Thai Hoc ward, Yen Bai city in mid-April, bringing four people to hospital.

Meanwhile, the People’s Committee of southern Dong Nai province has required relevant agencies to promptly implement measures against possible flu outbreaks.

The province will spend part of its budge purchasing Cloramin B, protective clothes and Taminflu to deal with the epidemic.

The provincial health sector has opened H7N9 prevention training courses for about 200 health workers and carried out preventive plans for the new strain of avian influenza.

Tran Van Quang, head of the provincial Veterinary Department, said all 74 samples of swallows (salanganes) collected from the province’s localities have been tested negative for the avian flu virus.

However, he warned of a high risk for the outbreaks as most swallows raised in 130 local establishments are wild species.-VNA