26 Apr 2024. The Health Departments of various provinces in the Mekong Delta have reported a considerable rise in the number of hand-foot-mouth cases recently. Accordingly, the Health Department of Soc Trang Province informed that since the beginning of this year, there have been 354 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease, a growth of 217 compared to this time last year. 17 of them are serious and have to have their samples sent to the HCMC Institute Pasteur for virus isolation.