HANOI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japanese encephalitis has claimed the lives of 10 children in Vietnam's northern mountainous province of Son La, said local official on Friday.
Director of the provincial health department Lau Say Chu told Vietnam's state-run news agency VNA that most of the fatalities have yet received sufficient vaccination, and the virus has infected 84 residents so far after its outbreaks being reported across the province.
Symptoms of Japanese encephalitis, commonly known as "brain inflammation", include high fever, nausea and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis and coma. Infants and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.
The Son La health department has urged parents to take their children under five years old to hospital when spotting symptoms in the children.
It also called on parents to follow vaccination schedule, which is now seen as the most efficient way to deter their children from contracting the disease.
The department reported that in July alone, Son La, about 200 km west of the capital city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, recorded nearly 3,000 cases of influenza, 1,200 cases of diarrhea and 71 cases of measles.