Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has asked the health sector to continue using drastic measures to tackle COVID-19 this year, particularly ahead of the Tet (Lunar New Year) celebrations and other important events.
The Ministry of Health has asked health departments at all localities to enhance measures to prevent Whitmore disease.
As many as 28 patients with Whitmore's disease have been hospitalised at the Huế Central Hospital from the beginning of October, a sudden increase compared to previous years.
The two children, aged one and five years old, died at the National Hospital of Paediatrics on October 31 and November 16. The source of infection is unknown.
Cases of Whitmore’s disease, also called melioidosis, has increased remarkably during the rainy season with a high rate of mortality, director of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases Đỗ Duy Cường said.
The rainy season brings with it the increased threat of diseases through infections caused by bacteria found in contaminated soil and water between July and November, and so far this year, the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Hà Nội-based Bạch Mai Hospital has received 20 cases of Whitmore's Disease.