Dengue fever on upward trend

An outbreak of dengue fever has often peaked in the rainy season. Medical experts have fretted over the increasing number of infected patients in the city’s hospitals.
Children hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have lately seen a surge of dengue fever infected infants, for instance, the Children Hospital No.1 is overloaded with over 200 babies in a week.
Moreover, many of them are suffering severe dengue fever at third or fourth stages. Doctors of the Children Hospital No.1 have saved a five year old girl in district 10 who was hospitalized with fever for four day and vomited with blood. Immediately she was put on ventilator. After one week, her health condition is improved and she does not use ventilator any longer.
Similarly, Children Hospital No.2 has also received many dengue fever cases. Dr. Do Chau Viet, head of the hospital’s Infection Division, said that around 50-70 dengue fever children were being treated in two past weeks with ten percent of them were suffering complications.
Even adults got the disease. The Tropical Disease Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City is treating 50 children and 100 adults. Dr. Phan Tu Quy who heads the Emergency Division, said that from the beginning of this year, 900 out of 2,500 cases of dengue fever that are treating in hospital are children.
The Department of Preventive Medicine said that the city has around 150 cases of dengue fever everyday. Since earlier, 4,500 patients in HCMC have been hospitalized due to the disease. The cases of dengue fever had an increase in August.
Not only HCMC but also the southern provinces have seen the outbreaks of dengue fever. Dr. Tran Thi Minh Nguyet , head of the Pediatrics Department of the General Hospital in the southern province of Binh Duong said that the number of dengue children has increased since early August.

Everyday, the hospital receives over 100 children.

Currently, the hospital is treating over 250 dengue fever children, a double increase compared to the previous month.
The Department of Preventive Medicine in the southern province of Binh Phuoc said that the province has 14 outbreaks of dengue causing 250 people to be hospitalized.

The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health said that nearly 10,000 cases of dengue , most of them are from the South. It is announced that the disease has killed five people, since then.
Accordingly, the Ministry of Health has ordered the local government and health authorities to focus on curbing the disease.
Residents must always place a tight lid on containers used for water storage (buckets, drums) where mosquitoes usually lays its eggs on the walls of water-filled containers.

People have to throw away, turn over, empty or store under a roof any container that may accumulate rain; verify that there are no larvae or pupae in stored water (empty the container, wash walls with a brush to remove eggs, rinse, and cover).
Residents must have a good cooperation with health workers who spray chemicals to destroy mosquitoes in the areas.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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