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    Hand-foot-mouth virus early this year
    Update: September, 30/2016 - 09:00

    HCM CITY ? The hand, foot and mouth disease season has barely begun in HCM City but hospitals are already seeing a rush of patients, many of them severely affected, according to paediatrics hospitals.

    Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that afflicts children aged under five and has no vaccine or specific treatment.

    The disease peaks between October and November.

    Fifty-two children were being treated yesterday at the Paediatrics Hospital 1 compared to 30 in the whole of August.

    An 18-month-old girl from southern Tiền Giang Province has been placed on a ventilator after being diagnosed with grade three - with grade four being the highest - of the disease...

    ...At the Paediatrics Hospital 2, the number of inpatients with the disease has increased by 10 per cent in September.

    Between September 16 and 22 there were 130 patients with hand, foot and mouth disease, 23 per cent higher than last month, the city Preventive Health Centre reported...