Children aging from 2-10 years old in localities with high risk of measles infections will receive supplementary vaccination against the disease from May 15.

According to the Preventive Health Department under the Ministry of Health, the campaign will be carried out in Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc and Bac Giang in the north, central Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and southern Binh Duong province.

On May 14, 35 new measles cases was diagnosed and hospitalised, mostly in the Central Hospital of Pediatrics, Bach Mai Hospital and the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said a report from the ministry.

However, no measles-related death was reported.

Facing the situation, the ministry directed its agencies to strengthen the prevention against measles. It also sent a working team led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Viet Tien to Ho Chi Minh City to inspect the prevention of measles, foot-hand-mouth disease and dengue.

At the same time, working groups from the ministry, the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology and the Pasteur Institute also checked the prevention of the diseases in some provinces including Dien Bien, Long An and Dong Thap.-VNA