|A medical worker takes care of a child suffering from foot-hand-mouth disease in the southern province of Đồng Nai. – Photo suckhoedongnai.vn|Viet Nam News
ĐỒNG NAI – The southern province of Đồng Nai has reported a remarked high of cases contracting foot-hand-mouth disease in June alone, with over 50 cases every week, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The number of children suffering from the illness in the province has increased compared with the previous months, the provincial Preventive Medicines Centre said.
The increase was 20 per cent against the same period last year, it added.
More than 200 children were affected by the disease in June.
Cao Trọng Ngưỡng, director of the centre, said the children were off from school for their summer holidays and their parents sent them to private daycare houses where not much attention was paid to hygiene. Inspection by the centre showed that most of the sick children were the ones staying at home or sent to private daycare places.
Before 2014, Đồng Nai was one of the country’s hot spots of the disease.
Last year, the number of patients decreased and no casualties were reported.
Foot-hand-mouth disease, which is infectious, often occurs in children between the ages of one and three.
The province has witnessed more than 1,000 cases of the disease since the beginning of this year in all 11 districts in the province. Biên Hòa City led the list with more than 300 cases. — VNS