Over 1,500 hand-foot-mouth children reported since beginning of 2015 in Vietnam

The Department of Preventative Medicine, a part of the Ministry of Health, yesterday said that the country has recorded of 1,551 cases of hand-foot-mouth since the beginning of the year.

Of 1,551 children infected and one succumbed to the disease. The figure is down by 31.2 percent compared to the same period last year. However, the development of the disease is very complicated as the virus is acute. Infected children have with similar symptoms such as high fever, sore throat, and fluid-filled blisters appeared on the hands, feet, and inside the mouth.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease can occur year-round and the peak season is in summer and fall months. The viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease can be spread in respiratory droplets. It is spread when poor hand-washing after a diaper change or contact with saliva (drool) allows the virus to be passed from one child to another.

By Nguyen Quoc – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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