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DENGUE FEVER INFECTIONS IN VIETNAM UP 60 PERCENT SO FAR THIS YEAR | Vietnam News Gazette

DENGUE FEVER INFECTIONS IN VIETNAM UP 60 PERCENT SO FAR THIS YEAR

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam has so far detected over 90,600 cases of dengue fever infections this year, including 24 fatalities, increasing over 60 percent and 41 percent, respectively, against the same period last year, the country's Preventive Medicine Department said.

Since the beginning of this year, the capital city of Hanoi has detected 17,365 dengue fever patients, including seven fatalities, and 85 percent of them have been discharged from hospital, according to the latest statistics from the municipal Health Department.

Due to widespread chemical-spraying and environment-cleansing campaigns in Hanoi, the number of dengue fever infections is decreasing everyday, the Health Department said, noting that it dropped from 3,076 on Aug 14 to 2,635 on Aug 15, and 2,588 on Aug 16.

Most of the dengue fever patients will fully recover after a few days, without having to be hospitalised, but few can suffer from complications, which may lead to health deterioration, even death.

The current percentage of dengue fever patients, who suffer from serious complications is 0.06 percent in Hanoi, 0.3 percent in Vietnam's central region and 2.8 percent in the southern region, according to the statistics from the country's health ministry.

The ministry's Preventive Medicine Department also called for people nationwide, to actively cleanse breeding grounds of mosquitoes, and use mosquito nets when sleeping.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK