[health-vn] Acute diarrhea spreads to eighth province in north
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Sun May 17 09:18:25 EST 2009
Last Updated: Saturday, May 16, 2009 23:04:54 Vietnam (GMT+07)
Acute diarrhea spreads to eighth province in north
A patient with acute diarrhea at Thanh Loc Commune Medical Center in Thanh Hoa
Province’s Hau Loc District The northern Ninh Binh Province Friday reported that
people were hospitalized with acute diarrhea to become the eighth locality in
the northern and north-central regions to report a breakout.
The central Bureau of Preventive Health said some of the patients also tested
positive for acute diarrhea but did not disclose how many.
Hanoi, Hai Phong and the provinces of Nam Dinh, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong
and Thanh Hoa earlier reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea.
Acute diarrhea has been raging in the northern and north-central regions, with
dozens of patients admitted to hospitals.
The Bureau’s head, Nguyen Huy Nga, warned on Friday of a possible increase in
the number of cases, pointing out that 50 to 70 percent of patients contracted
the disease by eating dog meat.
“The movement of people can facilitate the further spread of the diarrhea,” he said.
Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and
Epidemiology, said the institute is investigating the source of the vibrio
cholera bacteria in the dog meat.
“Some dogs may have eaten foods containing the bacteria,” he said.
“Maintaining personnel hygiene and eating cooked and safe foods are basic
requirements for fighting cholera.”
The cholera pathogen has yet to be found in the water supply anywhere, he said,
but many people discharge waste directly into water bodies, which threatens to
spread the infectious disease.
Bui Quang Anh, head of the Animal Health Bureau, said his agency has instructed
provinces to monitor slaughter of dogs and cats and take strict action against
The Hanoi Center for Preventive Health on Friday warned residents against
consuming foods with a high risk of bacteria infection. They also encouraged
residents to wash their hands with soap.
The warnings have kept most people away from dog-meat eateries in the capital.
Nevertheless, the trade in dog meat was busy as usual at Y La and La Duong
villages in Ha Dong District, Thanh Nien found Friday.
Many slaughterhouses and small traders of dog meat do not practice hygiene, and
pour waste from the slaughter directly into the sewerage.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the Department of Health on Friday instructed all health
agencies to enforce preventive measures against the possible spread of acute
diarrhea from the north and north-central regions.
The department advised residents to avoid eating shrimp paste, nem chua
(traditional fermented meat roll) and tiet canh (blood pudding), and practice
The HCMC Preventive Health Center also instructed its agencies to test tap water
all around the city and supply lime powder or chloramine B to residents in areas
without tap water.
It ordered all medical centers to immediately report any suspected cases of cholera.
Reported by Thanh Nien staff
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