Nhan Dan – Cases of hand-foot-mouth (HFM) disease have increased dramatically in 49 provinces and cities across the country, affecting around 26,000 people (mostly children) and causing 74 deaths since early this year, according to the Department of Preventive Medicine.
Most of the HFM cases have been reported in southern provinces, particularly Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong delta provinces.
The number of infections in Ho Chi Minh City is rising rapidly, recording nearly 6,390 cases since beginning of the year, including 22 deaths.
Can Tho city has also recorded 263 patients with HFM, four times higher than the same period last year.
In Can Tho Children’s Hospital, nearly 3,400 children are being hospitalised with the disease and 400 of them are from neighbouring provinces.
HFM has spread in both the south and the north of the country. Recently, 51 cases have been recorded in the northern province of Quang Ninh, according to the provincial Centre of Preventive Medicine.
The centre asked all health clinics in the province to raise people’s awareness about HFM and take measures to prevent its spread.