Noting that the situation of hand, foot and mouth disease has increased rapidly since the beginning of May and there have been many cases of severe complications, the Ministry of Health requested that medical facilities need to classify and refer to appropriate referrals, so as not to become severe and fatal.
On the morning of June 23, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong – Deputy Minister of Health held an online meeting on prevention of dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease with 20 southern provinces.
According to reports from the provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An …, the rate of cases per 100,000 people is high compared to the previous year and compared to the average of the past 5 years. These are also provinces with high rates of severe cases.
50% of adults with the disease have no symptoms, easily infecting children
Reporting to the Deputy Minister of Health, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang Chi Thuong – Director of the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City, said that they’ve recorded more than 2,000 new cases in the southern region, an increase of 23% compared to the previous year during the same period last year. There have been 5 confirmed deaths due to Enterovirus 71 (EV71) strain and 2 other deaths.
Mr. Tang Chi Thuong said that currently statistics are based on the number of serious cases hospitalized, while the number of mild cases that have not been counted could be much higher. In which, the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease EV71 predominates. In particular, the classification of hand, foot and mouth disease has not been clearly reported, 81% of cases in Ho Chi Minh City have not been clinically allocated, affecting clinical assessment and determining disease trends.
In addition, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tang Chi Thuong also said that 50% of adults have the disease but have no symptoms, this is an important source of infection, but because there are no symptoms, it is easy to spread to children. Many other cases also have the disease but the symptoms are not obvious. Therefore, attention should be paid to early diagnosis, early detection, early hospitalization to prevent complications and death.
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