Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease decreased, Ho Chi Minh City sent a message calling on people to join hands in preventing the epidemic

The rate of increase in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in Ho Chi Minh City in recent weeks has tended to slow down. Currently, the city has not recorded any deaths.
On the morning of August 11, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health said that according to a report from the infectious disease surveillance system, in the past week, the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease recorded for the first time decreased compared to previous weeks.

Specifically, the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease began to increase from mid-May and increased very rapidly one month later. Compared to the average number of cases 4 weeks ago, the rate of increase in the number of cases is tending to slow down.

According to the report of the infectious disease surveillance system, the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease began to increase from week 20 and increased very rapidly from week 25. In week 31 alone, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 2,401 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, the number of cases Disease incidence decreased compared to week 30 (2,665 cases recorded).

If we compare the number of cases in a week with the average number of the previous 4 weeks, weeks 26, 27, 28 are the weeks when the number of cases increases rapidly with an increase rate of about 107-126%, more than 2 times. This rate is about 43-62% in weeks 29 and 30, meaning the number of cases in weeks 29 and 30 compared to the average of the previous 4 weeks increased 1.5 times. And in week 31, the number of cases only increased by 5.6% compared to the average of the previous 4 weeks. The rate of increase of the disease in recent weeks has tended to slow down.

As of August 6, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 16,355 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, an increase of 46% compared to the same period in 2022 (11,203 cases). The rate of increase in the number of cases in recent weeks has tended to slow down.

The total number of hospitalized cases last week was 736, down 82 cases compared to the previous week, of which the number of cases with city addresses accounted for 45.2%. The total number of hospital discharges this week was 924, 150 more than last week. The number of new hospitalizations each day ranges from 87-145 cases/day, an average decrease of about 5% compared to the previous week.

The number of severe cases being treated ranges from 19-30 cases/day, an average decrease of about 15% compared to the previous week. The number of severe cases in the city ranges from 1-8 cases/day, an average decrease of about 42% compared to the previous week. Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has not recorded any deaths due to hand, foot and mouth disease.

The Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City said that in recent times, the Department has increased supervision of hand, foot and mouth disease prevention activities in the community, schools, public and private preschools and children’s groups in the area. At the same time, strengthen communication activities and advise the community on hand, foot and mouth disease prevention; Advise the City People’s Committee to send messages to each citizen about hand, foot and mouth disease prevention and control; Organize inspection and supervision of epidemic prevention and communication activities in localities; Organize training classes for preschool teachers on how to early detect severe symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease to take children to medical examination and treatment facilities promptly‚Ķ

To evaluate the disease prevention work of districts and Thu Duc city, the Department of Health organized 4 inspection teams, with priority given to inspecting localities with increasing epidemic situations. In addition, the Department of Health has also coordinated with the Department of Information and Communications to send messages to phone subscribers in the city with content about disease prevention measures.

In addition, the Department of Health continues to organize weekly online briefings with southern provinces and cities on the collection and treatment of hand, foot and mouth disease to update and evaluate. epidemic situation throughout the region. At the same time, discuss and analyze serious cases, improve the treatment capacity of hospitals, especially tertiary hospitals of the provinces, helping patients in the province receive early, timely treatment, limiting Transfer to hospital is not safe.

Ahmad Altenwerth

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