HANOI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- In the first seven months of this year, 1,209 people in Vietnam suffered from food poisoning, of whom 19 died, according to the country's Preventive Health Department on Tuesday.
In the same period last year, 1,372 people were affected by food poisoning, of whom nine died.
The country has detected some 37,800 dengue fever cases in the seven-month period, including three fatalities, 295 cases of virus encephalitis infection including seven fatalities, and 9,243 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.
Meanwhile, diphtheria has recently spread in central highlands provinces, with 100 cases of infection and three fatalities nationwide as of July 16, said the department, noting that Dak Nong province alone reported 30 cases and two deaths, the highest number among localities.
Vietnam currently has 210,547 HIV carriers, of whom 97,027 have become AIDS patients. To date, 98,948 people in the country have died of AIDS-related diseases, the department said. Enditem