Two girls died of Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, bringing the total death toll of this disease in HCMC to 24 this year, the municipal Heath Department reported.
One-year-old V.L.D from Ward 14, District 6, and four-year-old N.L.B.N from Binh Hung Hoa Ward, Binh Tan District, were hospitalized at Pediatrics 1 and Pediatrics 2 hospitals.
D. had developed serious vomiting and died two days after hospitalization, and according to an epidemiological survey, 3 other children living in the same area as D. had also been contracted with HFMD.
Meanwhile, N. had suffered fever and sore throat and died after a few days of treatment.
With such a death toll, HCMC continues to be the location most affected by HFMD, the health department said.
So far this year, 32,588 people countrywide have been affected with HFMD and 81 people have died. These are the highest figures for this disease in recent years, according to the Ministry of Health.
As the epidemic is spreading quickly, the ministry has urged all health preventive centers to launch campaigns to clean residential areas, houses, schools, kindergartens with chloramines B and soap, and reserve medicines and medical supplies for treatment of patients in case of more outbreaks.
Children with Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease being treated at Pediatrics 2 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
The ministry has also requested its Disease Examination and Treatment Department to train doctors in the new HFMD treatment scheme.
Directors of local health departments must closely monitor the situation of the epidemic and take all necessary preventions, the ministry said.
It has also asked epidemiological hygiene institutes and Pasteur institutes to come up with new solutions to curb the spread of the disease, which is expected to keep spreading until the year’s end.
Source: Tuoi Tre
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