18 Aug '11, 9am

Viral outbreak kills 81 children in Vietnam

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam is battling to control an unusually severe outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that has killed 81 children this year and infected tens of thousands more, health officials said on Thursday. About three-quarters of the more than 30,000 reported HFMD cases so far this year have occurred in children younger than three, said Graham Harrison, the World Health Organisation's acting representative for Vietnam. 'It's a challenge to deal with it,' he told AFP. 'It's certainly a significant increase on the previous two or three years.' All of the dead were children, Vietnam's health ministry said. HFMD is a common viral illness of infants and children that causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth, according to the US-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which are working with the WHO and Vietnam's health ministry to control the outb...

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