Hand-foot-mouth disease spreads to northern provinces

The hand-foot-mouth disease has spread to northern mountain provinces such as Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Quang Ninh, and Cao Bang, according to many provincial preventive medicine centres.

Tuyen Quang’s Chiem Hoa district have detected 53 children infected with the disease, while in Bac Giang, there had been 228 new cases in 86 communes and towns by October 5.

In Cao Bang, 45 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease have been confirmed in 6 out of 13 districts, five of whom are under five years old. Nguyen Van Le, Director of the provincial Department of Health said Cao Bang has taken the initiative to prevent the spread of the disease by asking clinics to supervise and deal with infected cases and promote communication in the community.

Phu Tho province has 570 infected cases in 141 communes and wards while Ha Giang has recorded 69 cases.

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), nearly 62,000 people in 61 provinces and cities have caught the disease. So far, there have been 114 fatalities.

The MoH warned that as there is currently no available vaccine for the infection, children with suspected symptoms should be taken to clinics for treatment immediately.