Measles spreads to 12 provinces

February 20, 2009

The Health Ministry on February 19 announced that the measles epidemic had expanded to 12 provinces and cities.

Measles patients at the National Infectious and Tropical Diseases Hospital.

 

More than 505 measles patients have been recorded from over 1,200 people who have caught scarlet fever in Vietnam so far this year. Hanoi has had the highest number of patients with 924 scarlet fever and 160 measles patients.

 

The Hanoi-based National Infectious and Tropical Diseases Hospital receives 20 scarlet fever patients a day on average. Since October 2008, the hospital has treated more than 600 measles patients.

 

The Health Ministry said 200,000 doses of measles-parotitis-rubella vaccines had been imported and they were being checked for quality before being put into use.

 

The measles epidemic began in the north. It is spreading in HCM City, the latest locality detected with measles.

 

L. Ha

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