Outbreaks of dengue fever may become worse later 2009

There could be major outbreaks of dengue fever in some provinces and cities with the number of serious cases and deaths increasing, the head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Nguyen Huy Nga, has warned.

The disease worsens because the climate and weather changes, doctors said. In addition, residents in Mekong delta have the habit of containing water in big jars, where mosquitoes reside to bear their babies.

By statistics, in first six months of 2009, 25,770 dengue fever infected cases including 26 deaths mainly children have been reported in the country. The year has seen an increase of 25.9 per cent of afflicted cases and 24 per cent of deaths. The central provinces and the southern provinces have seen a high increase of affected people like Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Ninh Thuan, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Can Tho, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Tay Ninh and Tra Vinh.

Due to wide spread of the disease in the country, the Ministry of Health decided to set up four mission teams to carry out its checks of prevention tasks in 15 provinces in July. The ministry also warns people to environment hygiene measures, to sleep with anti-mosquito nets and cleared the targeted areas with anti-mosquito chemicals.

By Q. Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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