Ninh Thuan announces end to pandemic hand, foot, mouth disease

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The first and only province to declare the epidemic of the hand, foot, and mouth disease in Vietnam this week said the dangerous period has ended.

Authorities in the central province of Ninh Thuan made the announcement after its Health Department on December 12 said the province has gotten the disease under control.

The number of infections has dropped remarkably to only one or two new cases per day, news website VietNamNet reported.

No new infection was reported during eight days between November 30 and December 7, according to the health department.

A regulation by Vietnam's Ministry of Health allows a city or province to announce an end of a pandemic if no new cases are reported in one week.

The province announced the pandemic level of the disease on November 4.

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As of December 11, Ninh Thuan reported 731 HFMD cases, most of them affecting children under three years old. That figure included four deaths.

The province is continuing prevention measures to stop the recurrence of more infections.

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