Hand-foot-mouth disease kills one infant in HCMC

Hand-foot-mouth outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Phu District has killed one eight month infant while earlier medical experts warned of the threat of the disease and high risk of mortality.

Doctors of Children Hospital No.1 are treating children with hand-foot-mouth disease (Photo: SGGP)

The Children Hospital No.2 receives around 20-30 infants with hand-foot-mouth a day while the other children hospitals receive 30-40 babies infecting with the disease daily.

Dr. Truong Huu Khanh , head of the Infectious Division of the Children Hospital No.1 said that hand-foot-mouth disease occurs year round and it is not a peak season.

However, the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health warned of a possibility of re-occurrence of the disease in the beginning of the new academic year because the country has over 10,000 cases of hand-foot-mouth so far.

The Ministry of Health issued prevention measures including regularly wash hand with soap or sanitizer before meals and preparing food; before feeding children; disinfecting toys and floors, isolating infected children from healthy peers and always clean houses and schools.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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