The death toll of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Vietnam this year has risen to 74, the Vietnam Administration of Preventive Medicine announced Wednesday.
The administration said the number of new HFMD cases admitted to hospitals each week over the last few weeks was still very high at 2,000.
The disease has spread to 49 cities and provinces across the country, with a total 25,918 cases, over four times higher than last year.
Ho Chi Minh City has the highest toll with 22, followed by the provinces of Dong Nai (15), Binh Duong and Long An (six deaths each), Quang Ngai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau (five deaths each).
More than 96 percent of HFMD fatalities are children under five, according to health authorities.