Vietnam observed an additional 47 measles cases on May 8 but no new deaths were recorded, according to the Preventative Medicine Department under the Ministry of Health.

No new cases were reported in 17 cities and provinces during the day. The country has seen 4,231 cases since the beginning of this year, the department said.

Most of the patients are being treated at Bach Mai Hospital, the National Hospital of Pediatrics and the Central Tropical Hospital in the north.

By May 8, the rate of measles vaccinations nationwide had stood at 91.6 percent, with 26 localities achieving the proportion of over 95 percent.

However the vaccination rates in northwestern Dien Bien, central Binh Thuan and southern An Giang provinces remain between 60-70 percent.

The health ministry is ordering all necessary measures against the disease. Children from 9 to 24 months old continue receiving vaccinations, while those aged 2-10 living in areas prone to measles will get supplementary ones.-VNA