HFMD on upward trend in HCMC, say doctors

The number of hand-foot-and mouth cases has been up to 2,373 including one fatality in Ho Chi Minh City since the beginning of the year, said the city’s Preventive Health Center.

HFMD kids have small red spots on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks and painful sores in the mouth

According to a report by the center, some 60 kids suffering from hand-foot-and mouth disease (HFMD), a very common infection in children at this time of year, that is, during the warmer summer months, are rushed to hospitals each week.

Meanwhile the city Department of Health on Sep 27 concerned that the upward trend in the number of hand-foot-and mouth cases would continue as the peak time in next October and November.

Doctors warned parents and teachers to conduct personal hygiene for children to lower the risk of infection including washing hands frequently and correctly, cleaning dirty surfaces and soiled items, including toys, first with soap and water.

HFMD occurs mainly in children under 10 years old but can also occur in adults. Children are more likely to be at risk for infection and illness because they are less likely than adults to have antibodies to protect them.

By Tg. Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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