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Vietnamese health ministry warns of rabies outbreak risk



Rabies cases have been detected and are on the rise in Vietnamese provinces which were not previously rabies hotspots, posing a high risk of outbreaks, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry sent an official dispatch on the enhancement of rabies prevention and control to localities nationwide.

The ministry clarified that rabies is one of the most dangerous infectious diseases.

An average of 60,000 people in the world die of rabies per year.

In Vietnam, it killed 76 people per year in the 2017-21 period, down 15 percent over the 2012-16 period.

It is worth noting that the number of rabies deaths is surging in provinces which were not rabies hotspots before.

For instance, southern Ben Tre Province has reported 12 deaths from rabies so far this year, double that in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Kien Giang Province has documented five fatalities caused by the disease, well above the one case year-on-year average.

In addition, the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has recorded four deaths, while it had no death from rabies in the same period in 2021.

The World Health Organization in Vietnam said that in the January-August period of this year, 40 people in the country were killed by rabies.

The number of deaths caused by the disease in 20 provinces in the 2017-21 period increased compared with the 2011-16 period.

According to the Ministry of Health, the death is directly caused by many people who are bitten by rabid animals refusing to get vaccinated. 

The indirect reasons are the low rabies vaccination rate on pets and the poor management of dogs and cats in some localities.

Around 40 percent of dogs and cats nationwide are vaccinated against rabies, according to a report by veterinary agencies, but the rate should be at least 70 percent for two consecutive years to prevent the transmission of rabies from animals to people.

The risk of rabies outbreaks in these provinces and the transmission of the disease to other areas is high, the Ministry of Health stated in its statement.

Therefore, the ministry asked the People’s Committees of cities and provinces to require their Departments of Health to keep a close watch on people who are bitten by dogs and cats suspected of being infected with rabies.

Moreover, they were assigned to call on residents to come to medical centers for a check-up, consultancy, and vaccination against rabies.

The Department of Health of every province and city must also help residents access rabies vaccines and anti-rabies serums, and open more rabies vaccination sites, ensuring that a district or town has at least one rabies vaccination center.

As for high-risk provinces, vaccination sites should be set up in communes as well.

In addition, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development were told to supervise and handle rabies-infected animal outbreaks, and promptly share the information so that Departments of Health can take the initiative in preventing the transmission of the rabies virus to people.

Owners of dogs and cats should be equipped with measures to ensure safety for others in public places to prevent their pets from biting other people.

They should be also educated on the benefits of vaccinating their pets against rabies.

The Ministry of Health also requested cities and provinces to exempt or reduce the vaccination costs for poor, near-poor, ethnic minority people, those contributing to the country’s revolution, and those participating in the fight against rabies in high-risk areas.

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – November 27



Check out the news you should not miss today:


— Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will pay official visits to Australia and New Zealand from November 30 to December 6, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the NA Foreign Relations Committee as saying on Saturday.


— Ho Chi Minh City will build three wastewater collection and treatment stations with a total capacity of 365,000 cubic meters a day.

— The Binh Thuan Province Border Guard Command on Saturday said they were investigating a case in which a fishing boat with eight fishermen on board was rammed by a transport ship while they were fishing in the waters of the south-central city of Phan Thiet the night before.


— Vietnam’s seafood exports have fully recovered after the COVID-19 pandemic, with export turnover reaching US$10 billion by the end of November and being forecast to top $11 billion by the end of this year, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe reported at a seminar in Can Tho City on Saturday.

— More than 90 percent of local businesses temporarily stopped operating, over 14,000 employees of tourism had to temporarily stop working, were shifted to part-time work or even laid off in 2021-22 in the central province of Quang Nam, the province’s tourism department reported at a seminar on COVID-19 response and recovery held by UNESCO and Quang Nam Tourism Association on Saturday.


— Famous Singaporean designer Frederick Lee has introduced his latest collection titled ‘Take Me Back To Lost Memories And Untold Tale’ at the Vietnam International Fashion Week from November 24 to 27 in Hanoi.

— Two heritage pieces of Vietnam on Friday were recognized as part of documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific at the 9th general meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea, the Vietnamese Agency reported on the same day.

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14 children hospitalized after drinking milk at school in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta



Some 14 elementary students in My Tho City of Tien Giang Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, were hospitalized for food poisoning treatment after drinking a milk product at their school on Friday.

They were admitted to Tien Giang General Hospital, which confirmed the admission on the night of the same day.

The children suffered from nausea and stomachache.

Their health basically resumed stable condition after treatment and all were released at 7:00 pm on Friday.

They are students of Nguyen Trai Elementary School in My Tho, the capital city of Tien Giang.

Phan Minh Tan, principal of the school, said the children drank a milk product provided by a company in Ho Chi Minh City at around 2:00 pm on Friday and 14 of them started feeling sick shortly after.

Health authorities in Tien Giang have tested the samples of the dairy product to investigate the cause of the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City woman sentenced to death for murder, abuse of fiancé’s daughter



The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Friday sentenced a woman to death for beating her fiancé’s eight-year-old daughter to death last year.

The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Vo Quynh Trang, 27, for ‘murder,’ along with a three-year imprisonment for ‘torturing others.’

The judge panel also gave Nguyen Kim Trung Thai, the murdered child’s 37-year-old father, three years in prison for ‘torturing others’ and an additional five years for ‘concealing crimes.’

The criminal behavior of the defendants is particularly dangerous for society as they committed crimes against a child, according to the city People’s Procuracy.

It is thus necessary to remove them from social life permanently.

Trang and Thai had lived together for over a year, from the time Thai divorced his ex-wife and was given custody of the daughter in 2020. 

Trang had frequently beaten the eight-year-old girl and forced her to do chores, investigation found

When rods broke due to repeated beatings, she switched to wooden implements.

On December 22 last year, Trang beat the girl so badly that she fainted. 

The girl was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. 

Her wounds and bruises prompted doctors to contact police.

Thai then deleted all the camera data of his apartment to conceal the crime.

The case triggered indignation among people nationwide.

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