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Virus 'likely to worsen' in Vietnam

23 February 2012 10:57

People planning a trip to Vietnam should take precautions against a common virus which has affected thousands of children

People planning a trip to Vietnam should take precautions against a common virus which has affected thousands of children

People planning a trip to Vietnam are being warned that an outbreak of a common childhood virus which has already affected thousands could worsen this year.

The east Asia state's Communist government said the hand, foot and mouth virus has affected more than 6,000 people since January.

People travelling to the area already suffering from conditions should be extra wary. Thankfully pre-existing medical travel insurance is available to provide them with ample cover.

The Vietnamese health ministry said this year's infection rate is seven times higher than during the first six weeks of 2011 - but it has slowed since a September peak of 3,000 cases per week.

No vaccine yet exists to counter the common disease, which was last year diagnosed in more than 110,000 and usually causes little more than a fever and rash.