Outbreaks of diseases in schools in HCMC

Dr. Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the Preventive Medicine Center, warned of disease outbreaks in schools on March 5.

The city is facing various outbreaks of diseases including measles and dengue in the past two months, said Dr. Dung. The wet weather is a good environment for spread of the viruses.

An adult died of dengue fever in HCMC last time, according to the Tropical Disease Hospital. The rate of infections increased 28 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

The Children Hospital No. 1 and 2 and the Tropical Disease Hospital received more than 200 serious measles cases in the first two months of 2014. The Department of Health will be dispensing vaccinations to children under three years old from March 7 to end of April.

Ten students in Le Quy Don Junior High School in District 3 contracted chicken pox, said Dr. Dung. After sending the children home, no more cases were reported.

The health and education centers are currently working together to raise public awareness of disease prevention.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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