Ministry of Health frets rise of highly infectious diseases

The Ministry of Health said Tuesday that more complicated and infectious diseases seem to be on the rise in the country resulting in fresh resurgence of contaminated cases.

Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) is the most prominent amongst the diseases to affect thousands. In October, 19,500 fresh cases of HFMD and 21 fatalities have been reported, bringing the total number to 78,000 infectious cases and 139 deaths since the beginning of the year.

With an additional 7,500 new cases and 6 more deaths in October, dengue fever is the second most infectious disease on the rise in the country. 42,000 people have already contracted the disease with 44 reported fatalities. 

Other highly infectious diseases affecting people in high numbers are hepatitis, encephalitis, typhoid and swine influenza (H1N1).

Despite frequent warnings by health authorities, people still ignore safety regulations and do not adopt hygienic habits, with the result that cases of food poisoning are also on the rise.

146 people contracting acute diarrhea and three persons died in Ta Giang Phinh commune in Sa Pa District in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

The Department of Health in Lao Cai Province sent 70 nurses and medics to the commune to treat people and teach preventative methods.

By K. Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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