The number of adults contracting what are traditionally children's diseases, like measles, chicken pox, rubella, and mumps, is on the rise, the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases said.
They used to affect children under the age of 10, it said.
The number of people aged between 18 and 35 accounted for 98 per cent of patients in the latest measles season, it said, adding that most children were vaccinated against the diseases while adults were not.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Outbound luxury tourists enjoy insurance
Saigontourist Travel Service Company on Tuesday signed a deal with Chartis Vietnam Insurance Co Ltd to offer coverage of up to VND2.1 billion (US$100,000) to buyers of luxury outbound tours.
Customers taking package tours under the Premium Travel programme to Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan will get the insurance cover for free from next month.
The package offers 17 benefits, including settlement of VND105 million in case of tour cancellation.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Mangrove forests, coral reefs threatened
Viet Nam has lost around 80 per cent of mangrove forests in the last 50 years due to illegal logging for shrimp farming, industrial parks, and urban development projects, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
It also warned that 80 per cent of coral reefs in Viet Nam were at risk, half of them were facing high risk of destruction.
"If drastic action is not taken, all coral reefs may be lost by 2030," the ministry said.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Prices of 70 drugs to be regulated
The HCM City Department of Health has announced that a programme to stabilise prices of essential drugs would start next month and go on through the end of March 2013.
The programme would see the prices of 70 locally produced drugs in 13 categories — including those for allergies, cough, and diarrhoea and eye drops — regulated.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)