Dengue fever develops in Mekong delta

Though it is dry season, dengue fever is plaguing in the Mekong delta provinces.

Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine in Dong Thap province Dr. Nguyen Ngoc An May 5 said that in the 2014-2015 dry season, only 5-8 cases of dengue fever were hospitalized every week but the number is now escalating to 50 cases per week.

It is forecast that the figure of dengue fever infection cases will increase drastically in the upcoming rainy season.

Dr. An said that one of causes of surge in dengue fever infections this year’s dry season is that 2016 is the year of the disease’s circle. 

Accordingly, the province authority has launched a campaign to kill mosquitoes and its larvae. Health workers have paid more attention to areas having 2, 3 cases of infections. They have increased information of the mosquito-borne tropical disease encouraging people to clean brush around their houses and turn over all water storage containers.

Meantime, in Soc Trang Province, since the beginning of the year, 500 cases of dengue fever had been reported, an increase of 70 percent compared to the same period last year. Most of province’s islets such as tran De, Cu Lao Dung and Vinh Chau Town have case of dengue fever infections.

The Provincial Department of Health said that the disease is on upward trends hence it requires the determination and the close cooperation between the health sector and localities in preventing the disease.

Campaigns to kill mosquitoes & raise local people's awareness about the disease have been launched continuously. The health sector also prepared all necessary drugs and chemicals to provide timely treatment to patients and disinfecting people’s houses.

According to the Department of Preventive Medicine in Can Tho City, in the first quarter of the year, the number of dengue fever patients soared by 70 percent compared to same period last year and no death was reported yet people should not be neglected over the disease as the rainy season is coming.

By Nguyen Thanh - Translated by Anh Quan

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