HANOI, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam has reported seven deaths among kids caused by measles outbreak in the country since the beginning of 2014, local media reported Thursday.
Over 620 cases were reported showing signs of measles from the beginning of 2014 to Feb. 5, presenting the largest number of infected cases in the past three years, local Vietnam News daily cited sources from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the Pasteur Institute's southern Ho Chi Minh City branch as saying.
Nguyen Van Lam, vice dean of infection department under Vietnam ' s National Hospital of Pediatrics, was quoted by Dan Tri ( Knowledge for People) online newspaper as saying Thursday that over 160 kids have been hospitalized so far due to measles. Twenty among the patients have experienced serious complications of pneumonia and respiratory failure.
Five deaths caused by the epidemic have been reported in the hospital up to now, bringing the total death toll in the nation to seven in 2014, said Lam.
Dan Tri quoted Vietnam's General Department of Preventive Medicine under the ministry of health as saying that, the plague has gone worse due to inability of covering measles vaccination to all children.
Recently, there have been worries among Vietnamese parents over deaths or undesirable responses of several vaccines for their children. Most parents are too scared to get their child vaccinated.
As a consequence, there had been a drop in the rate of immunization for all diseases including measles, said the department.
Measles vaccine is considered to be safe with light post- vaccination reactions. The reactions will vanish after one or two days without any treatment, according to the department.
Official statistics showed that in 2013, Vietnam reported 1,048 cases of measles.