Authorities in the central province of Ninh Thuan on Monday declared hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has reached epidemic proportions in the province.
Ninh Thuan is the first province in Vietnam to declare the epidemic, which has killed 138 people across the country.
According to the provincial Health Department, HFMD claimed three lives among more than 500 infections between January and October, or 24 times higher than the number of HFMD cases in the same period last year.
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