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Hand-foot-mouth affects 18,0000

Update: March, 30/2012 - 10:14

HA NOI — More than 18,000 patients throughout the country have contracted hand-foot-mouth disease, of which 14 died so far this year, according to the Preventive Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health.

In recent weeks, 1,900-2000 new cases were reported, equivalent to the 2011 peak.

The latest confirmed death involved a three-year-old kid admitted to Can Tho Paediatric Hospital on Wednesday, raising the number of child fatalities at the facility to five this year.-VNS

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