Health sector warns HFM disease's recurrence

The Department of Preventive Medicine, a part of the Ministry of Health, warned of possible outbreaks of chronic hand-foot-mouth disease caused by Enterovirus.

To avoid the disease's recurrence, the Department proposed people to carry out good personal hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water especially before cooking, feeding children, after going to toilet.

 Parents should provide their children with enough vitamins, nutrients, and boiled foodstuffs. They should not let children share eating utensils or cups with anyone, suck her/ his fingers and disinfect all utensils and toys with disinfectants.

Infected children must be quarantined to prevent transmit the disease to other children. They must be separated from other people at least 10 days.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is spread from person to person. The viruses are found in the nose and throat secretions, saliva, and fluid in blisters. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old.

An infected person may spread the viruses through close personal contact, the air (through coughing or sneezing), and contact with feces, contaminated objects and surfaces.

There has been no vaccine and drug against the disease. The only way is to keep personal and environment hygiene to curb the transmission.

By Ha Anh – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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