Figures show spike in two infectious diseases

Update: March, 11/2015 - 15:23
Medical workers spray chemical at high-risk area to kill mosquito larvae - the main cause of dengue fever. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The number of cases of dengue fever, and hand, foot and mouth disease tends to increase in some areas in the country in January and February, said the health ministry.

The ministry has asked the People's Committees of provinces and cities to strengthen measures to prevent the occurrence of these diseases, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said.

HCM City and the southern provinces have reported an increase in dengue fever cases, while the hand, foot and mouth disease is on the rise in Ha Noi, Hai Phong and the central province of Da Nang.

The ministry said that the disease may continue to spread in the future, if drastic measures are not taken at the beginning of the epidemic season.

According to the ministry's report, the country recorded more than 5,260 cases of dengue fever in 38 provinces and cities in the first two months of the year, including three deaths in the southern provinces of Dong Thap, Dong Nai and Long An. The number of infections increased 27 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases reached more than 5,330, with two deaths in Dong Thap and Hau Giang provinces.

Dr Nguyen Nhat Cam, director of the Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Centre, said that since the beginning of the year, the city has recorded 230 hand, foot and mouth disease cases among children, mostly one to three years old, which is a marginal increase.

To prevent and minimise the number of cases and deaths, the health ministry has asked the authorities at all levels in provinces and cities to carry out measures, particularly in high-risk areas.

Health departments also need to strengthen inspections to detect infections early.

According to the ministry's request, the education and training sector needs to launch activities on prevention of these diseases in schools, especially in kindergartens. — VNS