Vietnam kills 7 people as adenovirus infection escalates

Hanoi National Children’s Hospital announced on the 22nd that 1,406 cases of adenovirus infection in children have been recorded so far this year (including 7 deaths).

In particular, a total of 1316 infections were detected in this hospital from 1 August to 21 September.

According to data released by the National Children’s Hospital on Sept. 22, 1,406 children have been diagnosed with adenovirus since the beginning of this year, 811 are receiving hospital treatment, and 7 adenovirus-related deaths have been reported.

As the number of infected patients is on the rise, the hospital is making every effort to detect suspected symptoms of adenovirus and early detection in children who visit for health checkups.

The hospital has set up 300 beds for the treatment of pediatric patients with mild disease, disease related to respiratory failure, underlying disease and severe comorbidities.

According to the association. Professor Reti Hong-han, head of the hospital’s respiratory center, said adenoviruses are divided into 7 groups A to G. Among them, there are more than 50 types that cause diseases that attack other organs.

“The most common diseases caused by adenovirus infection are upper and lower respiratory tract infections, ocular or little finger conjunctivitis, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, cystitis, encephalitis and gastrointestinal diseases such as meningitis,” he said.

Diseases caused by adenoviruses are particularly common when the seasons change, but they appear all year round.

Adenovirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets from person to person. It is also possible to spread the disease through the mucous membranes when swimming or drinking contaminated water used in daily life or when a healthy person shares personal items with a sick person.

The incubation period is between 8 and 12 days.

Adenoviruses can cause disease at any age, and children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years are more likely to get sick.

Professor Han said: “Adenovirus has the ability to spread rapidly in the community and, if not treated promptly, such as respiratory failure, sepsis and multi-organ failure, can cause many dangerous complications.”

“These diseases can also leave behind long-term complications, which affect children’s health, including post-infectious obliterative bronchitis syndrome, bronchiectasis and pulmonary fibrosis,” he said.

According to information provided by medical experts, there is currently no adenovirus vaccine available in hospitals in Vietnam, so the best way to control the spread of the disease is to get it early.

Additionally, parents should practice preventative measures, including maintaining good hygiene, ensuring a well-ventilated environment, and getting proper nutrition.

Q. What is “intestinal adenovirus infection”?

A. Type 40 and 41 adenoviruses are common causes of gastroenteritis and are a major causative agent of gastroenteritis, especially in children under 2 years of age.

Q. What are the symptoms of “intestinal adenovirus infection”?

A. Watery diarrhea lasts for 8 to 12 days and may be accompanied by fever, vomiting, and respiratory symptoms for 2-3 days.

Q. How is “intestinal adenovirus infection” transmitted?

A. Intestinal adenovirus infection can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact with a patient’s stool, such as ingesting virus-contaminated food or water or changing a patient’s diaper.

Q. Is there a treatment for “intestinal adenovirus infection”?

A. There is no specific treatment and most people recover in 10-14 days. It is important to ensure adequate fluid intake to prevent dehydration.

Q. How can I prevent “intestinal adenovirus infection”?

A. 1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 30 seconds (especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before eating or cooking).

2. Cook enough food and drink water after boiling.

3. Wash fruits and vegetables in clean water and peel them before eating.

4. If you have diarrhea, don’t cook.

5. Cook hygienically (disinfecting knife and cutting board after cooking, using a separate cutting board for fish, meat, vegetables, etc.).

Q. Is “intestinal adenovirus infection” a serious disease?

A. Most patients recover within 10-14 days of symptom onset and death is rare, however caution is required as children under 3 years of age or immunocompromised patients such as HIV-infected patients may progress towards a serious illness.

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