|As of May 9, there were more than 3,370 cases, a rise of 28 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the city's Preventive Medicine Centre.— File Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — City authorities have reported an increase in the number of hand, foot and mouth cases as the peak period for the virus has arrived, HCM City health officials have said.
As of May 9, there were more than 3,370 cases, a rise of 28 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the city's Preventive Medicine Centre.
In April, 708 children were hospitalised, with all districts reporting an increase in the number of cases, said Nguyen Tri Dung, head of the centre.
Trinh Huu Tung, head of the Children Hospital No.2's General Planning Department, said the hospital had received nearly 8,700 children who had contracted the virus in April.
Of that figure, 478 children were admitted to the hospital, double the figure reported in March.
In the first 11 days of May, the hospital reported 2,904 infection cases, with 194 children requiring hospitalisation, Tung said.
The number of hand, foot and mouth cases has increased significantly compared to last year, he said.
From January through April, more than 2,000 children with the disease were admitted to Children Hospital No.1, said Le Bich Lien, deputy director of the hospital.
The number of cases is expected to surge in coming weeks, said Truong Huu Khanh, head of the hospital's Infectious Disease Department.
Currently, there are 60-70 in-patients with hand, foot and mouth disease at the hospital, Khanh said. —VNS