MoH warns about spring diseases

Created 13 February 2019
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Health experts are advising people to take precautions to prevent epidemics and diseases that frequently occur in the first three months of the year during the humid weather and crowded festivals

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A child is vaccinated against measles in Cau Giay District, Hanoi. Children aged between one and five should be vaccinated to avoid an outbreak of measles. - VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

Common spring epidemics involve acute respiratory illnesses, measles, viral infections, Japanese encephalitis, chicken pox, meningitis and dengue fever.

Phu said epidemics, including dangerous and newly-emerging diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), were becoming more complicated around the world.

A surge in measles cases has been recorded in some countries where the disease had previously been eradicated while some types of avian flu have been reported in neighbouring countries, posing risks of spreading via passengers and poultry imported from infected areas.

These diseases were liable to penetrate the country unless drastic preventive measures were taken, Phu said.

Luong Thi Thu Hien, head of the Internal Medicine Department at the Ha Noi-based E Hospital, said the number of chicken pox cases among children usually rose in the spring.

Chicken pox was transmitted through the respiratory system. Children and adults were easily infected with the disease in the winter-spring season. Complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis could harm patients, she said.

Nguyen Trung Cap, head of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases’ Emergency Department, said the number of flu cases was always high at this time and common among eldery people, pregnant women and children.

The most serious strains are A/H1N1 and B flu, which can lead to respiratory failure and death.

Nguyen Ba Dang, an official from the Ministry of Health’s Department of Preventive Medicine, said spring diseases could turn into an outbreak in areas where people were not vaccinated.

The ministry has urged authorities to increase vaccinations for measles and rubella for children aged between one and five across the country.

It has also encouraged people to take preventative methods such as regular hand washing, the safe processing of food and keeping a clean living environment.

Adults also needed to take children to health centres to make sure their vaccinations were up-to-date, it said.

Hanoi records 114 cases of measles this year

A total of 114 cases of measles were recorded in Hanoi since the start of 2019, the city’s Health Department reported.      

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A total of 114 cases of measles were recorded in Hanoi since the start of 2019, the city’s Health Department reported.— VNA/VNS Photo

The city detected 91 dengue cases, 59 hand-foot-mouth infections and 21 whooping cough patients. No deaths were recorded from these diseases.

Hoang Duc Hanh, vice director of the department, said the situation of diseases during the Tet holiday was under control.

“There are no big outbreaks or dangerous epidemics,” he said.

Since the beginning of 2019, the city has not recorded cases of MERS-CoV, Ebola, Influenza A (H5N6), Influenza A (H7N9), or the Zika virus.

However, the current weather could facilitate the development of respiratory and digestive pathogen diseases, especially during the festivals in the beginning of the lunar year.

To proactively prevent these epidemics, the health department warned people to take the initiative in environmental hygiene and disinfection, improve the body’s resistance, ensure food hygiene and have all their vaccinations.

 

Source: VNS - Bridge

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