|So far this year, 9,746 dengue fever cases have been reported in 42 of the 63 cities and provinces.— Photo dantri
HAI PHONG (VNS) — Dangerous infectious diseases in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), could reach Viet Nam, according to the Ministry of Health's General Department of Preventive Medicine.
At a workshop with the media in the northern city of Hai Phong yesterday, Director of the department, Tran Dac Phu, said that no MERS-CoV cases had yet been recorded in the country.
He said avian influenza type A strains H7N9 and H5N6 hit China last year, but did not reach Viet Nam.
However, flu virus H5N1 has caused the death of two people so far this year in Viet Nam, Phu said.
He reported that measles had been managed, evidenced by a decline in infections and fatalities.
Phu said a fall had also been recorded in the number of patients suffering from other infectious diseases.
So far this year, 9,746 dengue fever cases have been reported in 42 of the 63 cities and provinces.
A total of 24,730 hand-foot-mouth patients - and two deaths - have been recorded in 62 provinces. This is a 13.9 per cent drop in patients and seven fewer deaths for the same period last year.
Measles has appeared in all localities across the country, but has eased in recent weeks. There have been a total of 5,031 cases to date.
However, Phu warned that summer was the danger period for diseases such as hand-foot-mouth and dengue fever. — VNS