The Vietnam's Ministry of Health has ordered authorities in all border localities along Cambodia to step up quarantine measures to prevent any spread of the mysterious disease that has been killing scores of children in Cambodia.
Dr. Nguyen Van Binh, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, said on July 11 that the unidentified disease in Cambodia is targeting mostly young children and hence local authorities must remain vigilant to stop its spread into Vietnam.
The International Medicine Quarantine Center and departments of preventive medicine must closely supervise people entering Vietnam from Cambodia and quarantine suspected cases, he said.
Health units should also coordinate with relevant agencies at border gates to examine animals and animal products that are being brought into Vietnam.
According to the World Health Organization, from April to July this year, an identified disease has been rapidly spreading in the south and central parts of Cambodia, causing about 74 persons to be hospitalized so far. Most of the patients are children ranging from three months to 11 years-of-age, with many dying within 24 hours of hospitalization.