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Weather shifts could trigger disease outbreaks

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A child with dengue fever is treated at the HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No.1. (Photo: VNA)
HCM City, (VNA) - Abrupt weather changes this year have triggered several disease outbreaks, according to health experts.

The HCM City Preventive Health Centre has warned that the unseasonable rains in the city since the Lunar New Year could see more people hospitalised with dengue fever; hand, foot, and mouth; respiratory ailments; and diarrhoea.

Dr Nguyen Tri Dung, the centre’s head, said people should take preventive measures like destroying mosquitoes and larvae and maintaining personal hygiene.

Statistics released by the Paediatrics Hospital 2’s infectious diseases ward on February 6 showed that 22 dengue patients are receiving treatment, double the number compared to the same period last year.

Of them, four are in the serious condition, including a child who is on a ventilator.

According to Dr Le Tien Dung of the University Medical Centre, when the weather changes suddenly, viral fever and pneumonia often break out, with children, seniors and people with low immunity especially at risk.

Tran Minh Dien, deputy head of the National Hospital of Paediatrics in Hanoi, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the weather this year had been “strange.”

Normally after Tet the weather in the north is humid, he said, pointing out that this year temperatures had been quite high at night and low in the morning. "The difference in temperature is high, leading to increased risk of respiratory diseases," he said.

On February 6 his hospital admitted 1,300 patients, many of them with respiratory diseases, he said.

Dr Nguyen Thanh Nam, head of the paediatrics ward at another Hanoi hospital, Bach Mai, said on February 6 the ward was filled with children, half of them with respiratory ailments.

There were also children with chickenpox, which often breaks out during the transition from winter to spring, he said.

The Hanoi Preventive Health Centre warned that mumps, measles, rubella and other diseases could break out.

Nam advised that parents should raise resistance for their children by feeding them sufficient nutrition, keeping them warm and in the hygiene condition in order to prevent from infecting diseases via respiratory tract.

They also should bring their children to health facilities to get vaccines against chickenpox, mumps, measles and others.-VNA
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