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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vietnam : Acute diarrhoea on rise in Ca Mau

Via VOV News :

" Another three cases of vibrio cholerae have been diagnosed in Rach Goc town, Ngoc Hien district, Ca Mau province, raising the total number of patients with the virus to five, reported the provincial centre for preventive medicine.

On July 15, Ngoc Hien General Hospital received three patients suspected of having cholera. The provincial centre for preventive medicine took samples from them, which later tested positive for vibrio cholerae.

The patients are now isolated and being treated at the district hospital.

Ca Mau has had more than 2,500 cases of acute diarrhoea treated at its hospitals from the beginning of the year, most of them children.

In the face of a possible cholera outbreak, the provincial health department and Ngoc Hien district have worked together to raise public awareness of the issue and to take preventive measures such as spraying chemicals to disinfect contaminated areas, giving antibiotic to local inhabitants and treating water supplies that are used daily by local people."

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