Medical Alert: CONTAGIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS

MEDICAL ALERT: OCTOBER 2018


CONTAGIOUS DISEASE

OUTBREAKS

 

In recent weeks, Family Medical Practice has seen a significant increase in thenumber of cases of several contagious diseases, including:

 

  • Dengue Fever
  • Influenza A
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

 

CONDITION SYMPTOMS
Dengue Fever Fever, body aches, headache, pain behind the eyes,
diffuse rash (may appear in the first few days or later after
fever resolves), sometimes cough and diarrhea, nausea or
vomiting, joint pain.
Influenza A Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Fever, runny nose, wheezing, sneezing, cough—may last
one week.
Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Initial fever, sore throat, malaise, less appetite. 1–2 days
later, flat red spots that can become ulcers or blisters may
appear in the mouth, also on the palms of the hands and
soles of the feet. They can also appear on the knees,
elbow, buttocks and genital area.

 

Our doctors recommend taking the following precautions:

 

  • Use mosquito repellent for you and your family.
  • Keep windows and doors closed if possible.
  • Check for sources of stagnant water near your house and garden—these are places where the mosquito that transmits dengue/zika/chikungunya fever breed and where the larvae live.
  • Check your immunization records to make sure you are up to date with all the vaccines—especially MMR.
  • The new influenza vaccine will be available in 1–2 weeks in Vietnam. We are checking up with our supplier, who is waiting for the Ministry of Health’s final approval.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the toilet or changing/touching diapers.
    • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces/toys.
    • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, sharing eating utensils/cups with people with influenza/hand foot & mouth disease/RSV

 

If you or your child have been diagnosed with influenza, RSV, or hand foot and mouth disease, PLEASE STAY HOME until you are cleared to return to work or school.

 

For more information on these infections and the precautions that need to be taken to prevent transmission, please click here: https://goo.gl/gys63f or pick up our MEDICAL ALERT flyers from the waiting areas and shelves at our medical centers.

 

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