KON TUM — Four cases of Japanese encephalitis have recently been reported in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Kon Tum, local health officials said yesterday.
The provincial health department said four patients were residing in the districts of Sa Thầy, Tu Mơ Rông, Đăk Hà and Đăk Glei each.
The cause, according to health officials, was poor environmental hygiene and local authorities’ neglect of the vaccination programme.
The province’s Preventive Health Centre was coordinating with medical centres of the four districts to implement disease-prevention measures. The centre urged locals to get vaccinated to limit the spread of the disease.
The department said it was alarmed to see cases of Japanese encephalitis since there was no cases in 2015 in the province. — VNS