The World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with Vietnam's health ministry to study the abnormal increases of infections and fatalities of hand, foot and mouth disease, according to a joint statement.
The joint statement by WHO Vietnam and the Health Ministry also said WHO, CDC and Vietnam Administration of Preventive Medicine are implementing measures to prevent the HFMD epidemic from worsening.
According to the latest figures from the Health Ministry, HFMD has claimed 98 lives among 42,673 cases recorded nationwide this year.
The disease can be easily transmitted from humans to humans through direct contact with viruses in the mucus, saliva or feces of an infected person, the ministry has warned.
It has forecast that the disease will reach its peak between September and December.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien Wednesday warned parents and teachers about a likely surge in HFMD cases as kindergartens opened for the new school year.
In a bid to contain the epidemic, the Health Ministry has organized 84 HFMD training courses on surveillance and prevention for grassroots level preventative medicine workers and pre-school teachers, the Vietnam News Agency reported.