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HCM City sees conjunctivitis outbreak

Update: September, 12/2013 - 08:49

The number of patients with viral conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, has increased two-fold compared with previous months in HCM City, according to the local Eye Hospital.—Photo haythuocvietnam

HCM CITY (VNS) — The number of patients with viral conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, has increased two-fold compared with previous months in HCM City, according to the local Eye Hospital.

Over the past few weeks, the hospital received nearly 100 patients on average per day.

In June, more than 700 patients were diagnosed with acute viral conjunctivitis compared with more than 1,320 patients in July and 1,120 patients in August, according to figures released by the hospital.

Pham Nguyen Huan, deputy head of the hospital's general planning department, said that pinkeye, which is typically caused by adenovirus, is highly contagious.

Although the illness usually lasts for seven to 14 days, patients should go to hospital for appropriate treatment and prevention from spreading to others.

The virus spreads via contact with infected upper respiratory droplets or contaminated swimming pools, Huan said.

Patients should stay home from school and work for five to seven days, he said.

Dengue on the rise

The number of people in HCM City contracting hand-foot-and-mouth disease has fallen but dengue fever has seen an upward trend in the past few weeks, the Preventive Medicine Centre has said.

Last week, more than 200 patients contracted the mosquito-born disease compared with 180 in previous weeks, Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy head of the centre, said.

The number of HFM cases was down 20 per cent in August with nearly 600 children being hospitalised.

However, compared to last year the incidence of both diseases declined sharply.

As of September 9 there have been only 4,760 victims of dengue, 36 per cent less than in the same period last year, Tho yesterday told a meeting with officials of district-level preventive medicine centres.

Binh Thanh, Hoc Mon, and Tan Binh are the worst affected this year, he said.

Around 5,150 children have contracted HFM disease this year, a fall of 40 per cent.

But Tho warned of a second peak season for HFM disease lasting from August to November. — VNS


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