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Ministry warns of disease epidemic

  • ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietnam
  • February 23, 2012
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The Health Ministry has warned that widespread instances of hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) have been reported in most provinces in the country, with nine deaths so far.

“During the first six weeks of the year, 6,328 HFMD cases were recorded in 60 of the country’s 63 provinces and cities, killing nine children,” the ministry’s Preventative Health Department said in the report.

The report said this year’s epidemic could become more severe than last year because it began sooner – in January instead of April last year.

Two hundred children died from HFMD last year among 110,000 reported cases.
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