Over 130 students in the central province of Quang Ngai’s Ba To mountainous district were allowed to stay at home as a diphtheria prevention effort, said Head of Ba To Division of Education and Training Huynh Giang Nam yesterday.
The Department of Health in the Central Province of Quang Tri today said that additional nine case of diphtheria were recorded in Song Ngan village in Gio Linh District bringing the total cases in the province to 14.
The public health in the South-Central Province of Dak Nong has isolated 335 people to prevent further spread of diphtheria, an acute respiratory disease caused by infection with Corynebacterium diphtheria, after a death of a child succumbing to the fatal disease.
According to the Ministry of Health’s dispatch 17/2019 on nine fatal diseases, medical facilities have to isolate diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, rubella, encephalitis, hand-foot-and mouth, chicken pox and mumps patients.
The National Expanded Immunization Program (NEIP) yesterday announced there is a decline of children who have been vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type B.
Around 16,269 kindergartners ( or 25 percent of total city kids) in Ho Chi Minh City have not been vaccinated against five common, potentially fatal diseases affecting infants – diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenza type B and this triggers increase in infection cases of these diseases, said the municipal Center of Preventive Health.