Dengue fever-related deaths, infection reported to increase

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that in Mach, the country recorded over 1,575 cases of dengue fever including three deaths in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Dong Nai.

Since the beginning of the year, the country has around 7,000 cases of dengue fever in 39 cities and provinces including three fatalities in the southern provinces of Dong Thap, Long An, Dong Nai and HCMC

Worse, though it is not peak time of dengue fever, the number of infected patients and dengue fever-related deaths in first months of the year is in upward trend; most of them are in the South region.

The rate of infection cases increased up to 27.4 percent compared to the same period last year and the number of deaths this year was reported to increase four cases.

In addition, the development of hand-foot-mouth is complicated. There has been more than 7,330 cases of hand-foot-mouth across the country since the beginning of they year. Though the number of the disease decreased by 20 percent compared to the same period last year, the HFM –related deaths increased one more case.

By Minh Khang – translated by Anh Quan

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