Dengue outbreak widespread in Mekong Delta

There seems to be a widespread outbreak of dengue fever in the Mekong Delta region with six reported deaths in Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Vinh Long Provinces.

Can Tho City has nearly 300 patients concentrated mainly in Vinh Thanh, Phong Dien, Co Do and Thoi Lai Districts with 30-35 percent in serious condition. There is a 10 percent increase of cases since the same period last year.

Ca Mau Province has two reported deaths and more than 1,400 patients, mainly in Dam Doi, Thoi Binh, Tran Van Thoi and Cai Nuoc Districts as well as in Ca Mau City.

Figures coming in from other provinces are: about 700 patients and 2 reported deaths in Soc Trang; more than 290 patients with 2 reported deaths  in Vinh Long; 510 patients in Dong Thap; 124 patients in Hau Giang; nearly 300 patients in Tien Giang; about 200 patients in Tra Vinh.

As a consequence, local health authorities are trying their best to lower the rate by isolating and treating people in hot spot areas as well as encouraging citizens to kill mosquitoes, sanitize neighborhoods, sleep under mosquito nets and bring critically ill people to hospital as soon as possible. 

By B. Dai - Translated by Thanh Tam

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