October 3, 2010 by staff 

HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE, Hospital doctors in Ho Chi Minh City are the number of children affected by the disease Hand, foot and mouth (HFMD) has increased since the beginning of the week.
Paediatric Hospital # 2 was seeing about 60 children a day with the disease for the last days.

Approximately 10 of these children are invited to stay in hospital for closer monitoring. In contrast, only four of 30 children were hospitalized last week.

At Children’s Hospital No. 1, there were 40 patients hospitalized with the disease last Thursday.

Dr. Nguyen Huu Khanh, director of Infection Disease Hospital Ward, said the hospital has faced a constant shortage of beds to treat children with the disease because they could not be accommodated in other wards.

“Peak of this disease are from March to May and October-December, but the number of children doubled this year compared to the same period last year, he added.

Ninety percent of children contracting the disease this year were less than five years, Khanh said, adding the children could contract the disease even after recovery because there were many types of viruses that can be the cause.

According to Dr. Vinh Quang Vu, deputy director of the Children’s Hospital No. 2 overall planning, children with the disease rarely have serious complications because the coxsackievirus A16 that causes is not dangerous.

But in recent years, many children in South Asia with the disease have developed serious complications such as encephalitis and even death because the disease is caused by enterovirus much more dangerous 71.

Doctors have warned that the season is almost sick, and teachers, particularly in schools and kindergartens should check children’s hands and tongues of the onset of rash.

Children’s toys, clothing and other accessories must be cleaned thoroughly and regularly, Vinh said. When children were found to have high temperatures, they must be insulated to limit transmission of the disease and taken to hospital immediately, he added.

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