110,000 Sickened by Virus in Vietnam, 166 Dead

Vietnam says an outbreak of hand, foot and
mouth disease has infected more than 110,000 people this year and killed
166, most of them children under 5 years old.

A Health Ministry
official said Friday that the infection rate was slowing from a
September peak of 3,000 per week to about 1,500 per week in December.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

virus typically infects up to 15,000 children per year in Vietnam,
killing 20 to 30 of them. Most people recover quickly from the illness
after little more than a fever and rash.

official says this year’s figures cannot easily be compared to previous
years, because the government has only collected thorough data on this
disease in the past year.

Source: The Associated Press