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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vietnam : One more child dies of HFMD, bringing death toll to 18

Article via Tuoitre News :

" A 3-year-old baby died from hand, foot and mouth (HFMD) disease at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital last Saturday, taking the total death toll from the disease to 18 nationwide so far this year, the HCMC Health Department reported.

The baby girl, from An Giang Province, was admitted into the Pediatrics 1 Hospital at 9:30 pm on April 7 and died an hour later due to her critical condition. The baby contracted HFMD at level 4, doctors said.

The death was the fifth case among children in An Giang Province, which is leading the country in the death toll from HFMD, which has spread to all 63 provinces, affecting more than 21,300 children.

Of the 18 deaths, five were in An Giang, two each in HCMC, Dong Thap, Dong Nai and Can Tho, and there has been one each in Da Nang, Dak Lak, Binh Dinh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Vinh Long.

Speaking at last week’s conference on measures to minimize deaths from the disease, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien warned that the epidemic has been more serious than it was last year. She urged all health units to take all possible measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

The disease rate is 23.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Preventive Health Department reported at the conference."

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