(VOV) - More than 12,400 cases of hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease, including 11 fatalities, have been reported in 60 out of 63 provinces and cities across the country since early this year.
Nearly 1,700 cases of HFM disease in Haiphong
Hand-foot-mouth disease spreading quickly
More than 320 children infected with HFM disease have been hospitalized at the Central Pediatrics Hospital.
Notably, many cases do not show the common symptoms, especially among children under a year old, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Previously, the disease had symptoms like blisters on the hands, feet and mouth, but now some patients do not show these clear symptoms, and the disease only being detected when blood tests are carried out.
According to the Hung Yen provincial Preventive Medicine Department, the disease has spread to all nine districts with nearly 120 people contracting the virus, 40 of them being treated at provincial hospitals.
Doctor Pham Van Ngoc, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit, said the department has implemented many measures to prevent and control the epidemics, however, local authorities and people do not fully understand the dangers of the disease.
Nearly 400 cases of HFM disease have been reported in central Binh Dinh province since early this year. Children under five accounted for 80 percent of these patients.
The disease has spread widely in the province, especially in Hoai Nhon, Phu My, Phu Cat, and An Nhon districts.
Cao Van Bay, Vice Director of the An Nhon Medical Centre, said that since late February, the disease has recurred following the Lunar New Year holiday in January with more than 20 patients now being treated at the district medical centre.
To cope with the complicated situation of the disease, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has urged the provincial and municipal administration leaders to join hands to contain the disease.