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HFMD outbreak in Vietnam 7 times deadlier than average

Posted by feww on December 16, 2011

HFMD epidemic kills 160, sickens up to 100,000 in Vietnam

The 2011 HFMD outbreak in Vietnam is more than 7 times deadlier than the previous 3-year average toll. The epidemic has claimed about 160 lives, mostly children, and sickened up to 100,000 others between May and November this year.

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  • Vietnam. A severe outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has claimed about 160 lives, and sickened 100,000 others between May and November this year.
    • The epidemic has claimed 7 times as many lives as the previous 3-year average.
    • “This year’s outbreak is a sharp uptick from recent years. Since 2008, about 10,000 to 15,000 cases were reported per year with about 20 to 30 children dying annually,” AP reported.
    • HFMD is caused by intestinal viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group), with the most common strains being Coxsackie A virus and Enterovirus 71 (EV-71).
    • In rare cases Viral or “aseptic” meningitis or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) can occur as a result of the disease.

HFMD causes ulcers in the mouth and blisters on the hands and feet. (Source: KK Women’s and Children’s hospital, Singapore.)

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  • The Netherlands. Tens of thousands of Dutch children have suffered sexual abuse in Catholic institutions since 1945, a report said.
    • “Based on a survey of more than 34,000 people, the report estimates that one in five children in Catholic institutions suffered abuse.”
    • “The problem of sexual abuse was known in the orders and dioceses of the Dutch Catholic Church, but the appropriate actions were not undertaken.” AFP quoted the commission as saying.
    • About a third of Dutch population identify themselves as Catholics.
    • One in 10 Dutch children suffered form abuse, rising to one in five among those who attended a Catholic institution, the report said.

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