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Vietnam: Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease Outbreak Declared

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | November 14th, 2012 | Trackback

More than 100,000 people in 63 provinces have died so far this year from Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), prompting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue an outbreak warning. HFMD is a viral illness spread by skin contact or touching a recently infected surface, and large outbreaks are common in Asia. Symptoms usually include fever, painful blisters in the mouth and rash. Most cases—and deaths—occur in children under the age of five. However, adults can also contract the disease. Travelers throughout Vietnam should take precautions to avoid infection, including washing hands frequently, and seek medical advice if they believe they have symptoms or were exposed to HFMD.

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