HA NOI (VNS)— Forty seven new cases of measles were reported throughout Viet Nam yesterday, but there were no related deaths, according to the Health Ministry's Department of Preventive Medicine.
The figures were better than on Thursday, when there were 51 new cases of measles and at least two related deaths.
A total of 3,930 cases have been recorded nationwide since the beginning of the year, Another 10,000 or so were found to have scarlet fever.
Health officials are working to increase the awareness of people about measles and are making sure that the provinces and cities increase their vaccination coverage, especially for the second-dose.
According to the health ministry, about 85 per cent of those vaccinated have had a second dose.
The measles outbreak has killed at least 129 people since the beginning of the year in Viet Nam.
In another development, the Ministry of Health yesterday warned people to be aware of hand-food-mouth disease.
According to the Department of Preventive Medicine, up to 17,410 cases of the disease have been recorded so far this year, including two deaths.
The figures, although lower than for the same period last year, are increasing in HCM City, southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau and southernmost provinces.
To avoid hand-foot-mouth disease, people are warned to regularly clean their hands with soap and eat cooked food. Parents are advised to clean their children's toys and learning material.
Local departments of health have been told to keep a close eye on patients to minimise deaths and avoid cross infection between the various diseases. — VNS