The central province of Quang Tri has reported eight more diphtheria cases, comprised of children aged between 1 and 12.
According to Do Van Hung, Director of the provincial Department of Health, the patients are from Son Ngan Village in Gio Linh District.
A diphtheria testing sample being taken
Hung added that the department is defining people who had close contact in order to have them tested. Meanwhile, sterilisation has also been conducted in vulnerable areas. The province will also ensure children are vaccinated.
At present, the patients are being quarantined at the district’s medical centre.
Earlier, on August 6, a nine-year-old girl in Song Ngan was found to have contracted diphtheria, becoming the first patient in the village.
In early July, Vinh Linh District in Quang Tri also detected five diphtheria cases that have all been discharged from hospital following their recovery.
The disease has affected many localities in Vietnam, particularly the Central Highlands.
Children in Vietnam aged below two are given free five-in-one vaccine shots that include diphtheria.
Diphtheria, which can be prevented with vaccination, is an infection caused by the Corynebacterium diphtheria bacterium. It spreads through the air and direct contact.
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