Acute diarrhea patients in Vietnam rise to over 1,200

HANOI, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) — A total of 1,216 people from 13 cities and provinces in Vietnam have been confirmed to contract acute diarrhea since the disease started hitting the country on Oct. 23, of whom 157 have been tested positive to cholera virus.

On Thursday alone, the country detected 165 new infection cases, including 47 from Hanoi capital, 41 from northern Ha Tay province and 20 from northern Hung Yen province, local newspaper New Hanoi on Friday quoted Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Preventive Medicine Department under the Vietnamese Health Ministry, as saying.

To prevent the disease’s spread, the ministry has asked relevant agencies and people to focus on monitoring food hygiene, disinfecting areas housing patients, and suspending use of raw shrimp paste in processing food.

Editor: An Lu


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