Outbreak of hand-foot-mouth in preschool in HCMC's Binh Chanh District

The Department of Preventive Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City on April 1 informed of an outbreak of hand-foot-mouth disease in Hoa Lan Preschool in Binh Chanh District of Ho Chi Minh City.

Medical staff said that 10 children had been infected of which one was reported to be in serious condition.

In all, 156 cases have been reported in the City since last week, with most of the cases occurring in Tan Quy Ward in District 7; Ward 15 in Tan Binh District; and An Phu Tay Ward in Binh Chanh District.

The health watchdog has asked the preschool to close down for 10 days so that the facility can be disinfected and has also issued warning leaflets to inform of measures to prevent further infection.

District authorities have been asked to increase awareness among people and tighten control in preschools, private day care centers and rented houses.

In addition, almost 77 cases of dengue fever have also been reported, although a decline of six cases compared to last week and a decline of 56 percent against the same period last year. Districts 6 and 8 have reported the maximum number of cases.

By Tuong Lam – Translated Uyen Phuong

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