VIETNAM : HO CHI MINH CITY – The number of hand-foot- mouth (HFM) disease and dengue fever patients saw a rise here in the first nine months of the year, and is predicted to increase further this month, according to Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City Preventive Health Department.
Local Saigon Economic Times on Thursday quoted Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the department, as saying that five people have died of dengue fever since the beginning of this year.
Dengue fever patients were detected in all 24 districts and precincts of the city. In the last week of September, 400 patients were affected with the mosquito-borne tropical disease, of whom more than 300, both adults and children, were hospitalized.
There has also been a sharp increase in the number of HFM patients during the first nine months, with nearly 4,700 cases hospitalized. Notably, an eight-month baby in Tan Phu district was killed by the deadly virus in late August.
The hand-foot-mouth disease normally reaches its peak at the beginning of the new school year in September, however this year the disease broke out earlier in August and is predicted to continue spreading in the coming months, said the health official.
Initial symptoms of the HFM disease, mostly affecting under- five year old children, include fever, tiredness and a sore throat. Then ulcers appear on the tongue and inside the mouth, together with rashes on the skin, in the hand and foot palms. Complicated infection may lead to nervous and respiratory malfunctions, and mortality.