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Spread of hand-foot-mouth disease concerns hospitals

Update: May, 23/2013 - 09:50
A doctor examines a child infected with Hand-Foot-Mouth disease in Paediatrics Hospital 2 in HCM City. HFMD is now at its peak, having infected a total of 796 children in HCM City in April, an increase of 127 per cent against the same period last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy

HCM CITY (VNS)— Hand-Foot-Mouth disease (HFMD) is now at its peak, having infected a total of 796 children in HCM City in April, an increase of 127 per cent against the same period last year.

Aaccording to the city's Department of Health, hot weather has also facilitated the spread of the disease.

Do Chau Viet, head of the city Pediatrics Hospital No.2's Infection Control Department, said cases were expected to increase through the end of next month.

The hospital receives between 4,000 and 5,750 HFMD patients per day, including 20-25 patients in serious health condition that require hospitalisation.

The city Pediatrics Hospital No.1 has provided treatment for 70 HFM inpatients per day, a two-fold increase compared with the same period last month.

The first HFMD case in the school environment was seen in April. Ten students at the Hoa Lan Kindergarten in the city's Binh Chanh District were hospitalised in the city's Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The city's Department of Health has asked hospitals and medical units to offer grassroots-level medical officials more training courses on HFMD disease prevention, control and containment, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the department. —VNS


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