HA NOI — Up to 12,400 children nationwide have been infected with hand-foot-mouth disease, of whom 11 have died, in the first two months of this year. This figure is 7.46 times higher than last year, according to the Health Ministry's Preventive Medicine Department.
Southern provinces account for the majority of patients, 19 per 100,000 inhabitants, said Nguyen Van Binh, head of the department.
The ministry will send three working teams to various localities to assist local authorities in controlling and preventing the spread of the disease. — VNS