Upward trend in number of dengue cases in southern Vietnam

Dengue fever cases are creeping up again as Vietnam enters summer with heat which is conducive for mosquito development.

A medical worker sprays chemical to kill mosquitos and its larva (Photo: SGGP)

A medical worker sprays chemical to kill mosquitos and its larva (Photo: SGGP)

The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health this morning announced from the beginning of the year, there had been 14,000 reported cases of dengue so far with three deaths; one in the Mekong delta province of Ca Mau , two in the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Binh Phuoc.
Through study, most infection cases are in the southern provinces.
Head of the Department Tran Dac Phu said that despite upward trend of dengue cases, it is lower than same period last year. However, hot weather is favorable condition for mosquito development, it is highly likely that the disease will be able to break out.
Along with this, people habit of storing water maintain unchanged and polluted environment are to contribute to outbreak of dengue.
The Department head warned that the disease occurs in many countries in Asian region. Travelers and exchange between nations make the disease spreading and uncontrollable. 
Accordingly, to prevent the disease, the Ministry of Health warned people to conduct hygiene measures by covering all water containers to deter mosquitos laying eggs.
Moreover, residents should kill larva by removing water items, remove water from flower pot plates on alternate days, turn over all water storage containers and wear long-sleeved clothing.

By QUOC LAP – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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