LAO CAI — The death of a three-year-old boy on Monday in northern Lao Cai Province's Bao Thang District has been blamed on hand-foot-mouth disease.
The toddler was hospitalised with symptoms including coughing, a high fever and cysts on his arms and legs.
Twenty other people in the boy's Gia Phu Commune are also suspected of having come in contact with the disease. Samples have been taken from each of the potential patients for testing.
The provincial Health Department ordered its district-based units to spray chemicals at local schools to prevent spread of the disease.
Nine children have died of the disease this year and about 6,000 people have been infected nation-wide. — VNS