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Diphtheria patient’s condition worsens in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Tuesday, July 07, 2020, 14:28 GMT+7
Diphtheria patient’s condition worsens in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Residents are screened for diphtheria in Gia Lai Province, Vietnam. Photo: H.C.Dong / Tuoi Tre

Another diphtheria patient in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has had his condition worsen, local authorities stated, after the disease has infected over 50 and killed three in the region this year.

The Department of Health in Gia Lai Province confirmed on Monday that one of the nine active diphtheria cases has shown an increase in toxins; however, the patient is still able to walk on his own.

He is being quarantined and treated in the tropical disease ward of the Gia Lai General Hospital.

All nine diphtheria patients in the province are receiving treatment at three local hospitals, while over 30 people are being quarantined after having close contact with the patients, the health department stated.

Local authorities are adopting certain measures to make sure all residents have taken sufficient vaccination.

A young girl is being tested for diphtheria in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Photo: Van Tien / Tuoi Tre

A young girl is tested for diphtheria in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Photo: Van Tien / Tuoi Tre

By Monday evening, 53 diphtheria cases had been recorded in the Central Highlands, including 21 patients in Dak Nong Province, 22 in Kon Tum Province, and 10 in Gia Lai Province. 

The disease has killed a four-year-old boy in Gia Lai, a 13-year-old boy and nine-year-old girl in Dak Nong.

One patient was documented in Ho Chi Minh City.

Nearly 800 people in Dak Nong and 2,500 others in Kon Tum have been provided with preventive treatment after having contact with diphtheria patients.

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