People cautioned against brain inflammatory disease

Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of the Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, has warned the general public to take extra precautions even though the meningococcal meningitis epidemic has been contained, with no recorded cases for the last one week.

All throughout last week, the hospital has not received any cases suffering from the brain inflammatory disease caused by bacterium. However, the doctor has warned people not to be lax about any symptoms of the disease.

The hospital has already discharged its last infected child patient, arriving from District 12 in HCMC.

Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the meninges that affects the brain membranes. It can cause severe brain damage and is fatal in 50 per cent of cases if left untreated, according to the World Health Organization.

Dr. Truong Huu Khanh, head of Neurology Department of Infection at   Children Hospital No.1, said the hospital has not received any more case of brain inflammatory disease for the last one week.

District preventative medicine centres have released brochures in residential quarters and kindergartens on personal and dental   hygiene practices to prevent the disease.

Pasteur Institute and the Tropical Disease Hospital in HCMC have increased supervision of bird flu. Doctors will conduct tests of the bird flu virus on anyone suffering from high fever for many consecutive days.

By T. Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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