Three more patients with cholera have been recorded in Ben Tre, increasing the number of patients with the disease in the Mekong Delta province to 25 this year, a health official said Friday.
The provincial Preventive Health Center is cooperating with health clinics at districts where the patients live to test water samples and instruct local people about preventive measures, said Nguyen Van Thang, vice director of the Ben Tre Department of Health.
Ben Tre is one of eight provinces and cities to be hit by the acute intestinal infection so far this year. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are among the affected localities.
Seven cases have been recorded in the southern metro, while the capital has reported one patient so far.
Cholera, a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, infected hundreds of people in the northern Vietnam in 2008 and 2009.