Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chicken Pox Cases in Vietnam increase by 150% in past Month

In Ho Chi Minh city there has been an increase of children admitted to the hospital with chicken pox.  The number of children infected with the varicella zoster virus increased 150% over the last month, and is expected to continue increasing. 

Children are not being properly vaccinated, at the correct time or with the correct dosage.

Additionally, the city hospital recently treated 120 children with diarrhea.  Beds were filled to capacity, and children could be seen two to four on one bed.  Food hygiene and increased heat are the leading suspected causes of the increase in diarrhea, especially after the recent Tet holiday.

Food hygiene and chicken pox vaccinations


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