To date, 17 percent of patients originate from central areas in Vietnam, and 65 percent from northern Vietnam. Nearly 20 percent of reported cases were children as of the beginning of the year, with recent rates having fallen to nine percent.
Though Danang is not a hotspot for Japanese encephelitis, parents in the area have recently rushed children to the Danang Preventative Health Centre for vaccination following reported cases in other areas. Currently, some 200 children are vaccinated every day.
Besides Japanese encephilitis, instances of hand-foot-mouth disease have increased by nine percent this year, affecting 2,000 people nationwide. An estimated 70 percent are from the southern region, but 12 new provinces have recently reported cases including Lam Dong, Bac Kan, Binh Phuoc, Nam Dinh and Phu Tho.