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Friday, September 30, 2011

Vietnam : More kids hospitalised due to viral disease

Via Vietnam News :

" Cold winds and fears of hand-foot-mouth disease spread have caused an increasing number of children to be hospitalised at the Ha Noi National Hospital of Paediatrics for respiratory diseases.

Head of the hospital's Consultation Department Can Phu Nhuan said that the department received around 3,000 children last Monday, 1.5 times higher than the normal figure.

Almost all patients showed symptoms including coughing, fevers, sneezing and even pneumonia, he said, adding that children aged between 1 and 3 were usually more vulnerable to respiratory diseases.

Nguyen Thi Lien, from northern Thai Binh Province, had to take her one-year-old child to the hospital twice this month because of fevers and a sore throat.

However, Nhuan said that parents should not be overly worried when their children coughed, as it was a natural reflex to help push harmful bacteria out of their lungs."

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