Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health has warned that steps must be taken now against the spread of dengue fever since the potential for a large-scale outbreak is high.
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The warning comes on the heels of predictions that this year’s infection rates will be the highest in recent memory.
According to Nguyen Van Binh, Deputy Head of the Preventive Health Department, there are some 4,800 patients suffering from the illness across the country. Of that number, most come from the Mekong delta provinces of Dong Thap, Soc Trang, An Giang, Kien Giang and Ho Chi Minh City.
He went on to predict that the number of patients will be high in this year’s dry season, adding yet another yearly increase to what is becoming an upward trend in the eyes of many medical workers familiar with the disease.
In response to the potential threat, the Ministry of Health has set up a management body to coordinate the national dengue fever prevention project during the 2006-2010 period.
The management body will be supported by the Pasteur Institute who will provide the necessary technical expertise to prevent a major outbreak from sweeping through the country.
In addition, clean cisterns will be built for people in the Mekong delta provinces, where the disease is most widespread.
Other local government officials are taking actions as well such as eliminating sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed and urging local citizens to use mosquito nets to avoid being bitten.