Hand, foot and mouth disease hits record in HCMC

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The number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in Ho Chi Minh City has hit a record of 2,093 cases in June, the HCMC Preventive Health Center announced Wednesday.

Five of the 2,093 cases were fatal, the center said.

So far this year, HCMC has recorded a total 4,770 cases, including 17 fatalities.

The month of May also saw 1,433 HFMD cases the highest monthly number this year.

The department asked all districts to raise people's awareness of the disease and strengthen sterilization work at schools and residential areas.

The HCMC Preventive Health Center also reported that the number of dengue fever cases is also rising, with 887 cases reported in June, nearly doubling the figure in May.

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HFMD usually affects infants and children, and is quite common. It is moderately contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person.

It typically occurs in small epidemics in nursery schools or kindergartens, usually during the summer and autumn months.

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