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Viral Outbreak Claims 70 in Vietnam

A deadly viral outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has claimed 70 lives this year in Vietnam. More than 23,000 others have been infected. Most of the victims are children below five years.

The southern part of Vietnam has been most affected. The dominant strain affecting the nation is Enterovirus 71. This is a deadly virus which can cause brain swelling, paralysis and even death.

This year’s outbreak has been particularly deadly. Since 2008, the number of cases has been limited to about 15,000 each year, with the virus claiming about 30 children’s lives annually.

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