Vietnam may contain acute diarrhea outbreaks in next 5-7 days

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HANOI, Nov 15, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Vietnam is likely to contain acute diarrhea outbreaks in the next 5-7 days, if it well remains measures to combat the disease, local newspaper Young People on Thursday quoted head of the country’s Central Hygiene and Epidemiology Institute Nguyen Tran Hien as saying.

The number of new infection cases has sharply decreased in recent days. Some localities have basically contained the disease.

Vietnam has taken drastic measures, including monitoring food safety, ensuring environmental hygiene and intensifying propaganda on acute diarrhea, to eliminate the disease.

Acute diarrhea has infected 1,803 people in 14 out of 64 cities and provinces in Vietnam since Oct. 23. Of the sufferers, 231 have been initially tested positive to cholera virus, according to the Vietnamese Health Ministry.

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