HCMC faces risk of contagious disease outbreaks

The Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City said at regular meeting on July 8 that the city is facing a risk of contagious disease outbreaks.

Though infectious diseases in the city was reported on downward in last week, the health authority fretted diseases in other cities and provinces especially in rainy season and the time when students go back to school, contagious diseases will spread widely.

By the municipal Preventive Medicine Center, the cases of hand-foot-mouth has been 2,528 since the beginning of the year to June 30. Basically, the health sector gradually controls and curbs hand-foot-mouth disease; accordingly the number of infected people dropped over 21 percent compared to the same period last year and no death has been reported.

Averagely, the city records around 120 cases of hand-foot-mouth a week. In addition, though the cases of dengue fever show a decrease, there has been 8,257 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of the year, an increase of 72 percent compared to the same period last year.

Director of the municipal Preventive Medicine Center Dr. Nguyen Tri Dung said that this year the dengue fever early breaks out. In the early year, the number of dengue fever ranged from 600 to 800 cases per week, and now around 100 cases of dengue fever a week. Despite of a drop in dengue fever case, it is forecast that next time in rainy season, the disease will soar again.

By GIA PHU - translated by Anh Quan

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