Vietnam: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, more than 21,000 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), a significant increase over the average incidence, have been reported throughout the country since January 2012. The most affected provinces include the northern provinces of Hai Phong, Lao Cai, Vinh Phuc, Hoa Binh; the central provinces of Da Nang, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa; and the southern provinces of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Hau Giang. Enterovirus 71 is the most common cause of HFMD in Vietnam and periodic epidemics occur. Travelers are reminded to exercise particular care in hygiene habits, including frequent handwashing.

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