Hand, foot and mouth disease close to epidemic levels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

So far this year, there have been 3,373 reported cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease across Ho Chi Minh City. This is a 28 percent increase over the same time period last year, and health authorities fear epidemic levels will be reached.

Across the nation, there have been more than 17,400 reported case from 62 of the 63 localities. The virus strain (enterovirus 71) that is currently causing most of the cases can have a variety of potentially fatal neurological complications in children.

Small children are most susceptible to infection with this virus. Travellers who are travelling with small children can decrease the risk of exposure to hand, foot and mouth disease virus by washing their hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

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