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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Vietnam : Hand-foot-mouth disease alarming in HCMC

Via Tuoitre News :

" Hand, foot and mouth disease in Ho Chi Minh City has developed at an alarming rate, with 143 new cases recorded per week on average, the city Health Department said, calling for more efforts to improve the situation.

At yesterday’s meeting on the city’s epidemic, Dr. Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy head of the city Preventive Health Center said HFMD has spread to 211 wards and communes, of which 68 have three or more patients.

That means 65 percent of the total number of the city’s wards and communes have been affected by the disease, he said.

There have been 963 HFMD patients since the beginning of the year and one of them has died, according to the department’s statistics.

In February alone, 498 children contracted the disease, up 14 percent from January and five times higher than the previous year."

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