Ho Chi Minh City has reported two more fatal cases of the hand, foot and mouth disease this month.
A two year old boy, only identified as H.C.P., died on the night of May 9 after being admitted with fever and blisters to the HCMC Children's Hospital No.1 the next day, Tuoi Tre reported Sunday.
Earlier, another boy of the same age named T.T.P. died at the hospital on May 1, after falling sick on April 29.
Inspections around his neighborhood found four more children were infected with the disease and being treated at home while another was at the city's Tropical Diseases Hospital.
The two deaths have raised the nationwide death toll of the disease to four this year among nearly 2,700 infections, which is double the same period last year.
Most cases in Vietnam were caused by Enterovirus 71 (EV-71), which is found in the throat of 71 percent of healthy people, studies have found.
Doctors so far have not found a vaccine or specific medication for the disease, which causes mouth sores and blisters on hands and feet and so far, has killed only children, mostly under 3.
Parents and teachers have been asked to maintain good hygiene as the best prevention method.
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