While authorities have stepped up preventive measures, Vietnam nonetheless recorded 200,000 circumstances of dengue fever within the first 10 months of this 12 months, 3 times increased than the identical interval of final 12 months, the Health Ministry’s Preventive Medicine Department stated.
Currently, all 63 provinces and cities have had dengue fever sufferers and the danger of a larger outbreak is extraordinarily excessive, stated Pham Hung, head of the Office for Infectious Diseases Control from the division.
He blamed carelessness and poor consciousness among the many public for the unfold of the infectious illness.
In some locations, folks haven’t cooperated with well being officers, refusing to spray mosquito repellents of their homes and never allowed well being inspection groups to test their residing setting and kill mosquito larvae, Hung stated, as cited by Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper.
The newest dengue fever sufferer was a 10-year-old boy within the southern province of Dong Nai. He died final week after being hospitalized for almost three weeks.
Current situations favor the breeding of mosquitoes, together with these carrying the dengue virus, stated Dr Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Preventive Medicine Center.
Dengue fever happens all 12 months spherical in Vietnam, however peak transmission is in the course of the wet season, April by way of October within the north, and June by way of December within the south.
In Hanoi alone, greater than 8,400 sufferers have been hospitalized with dengue fever within the first 10 months of this 12 months, a rise of eight occasions in opposition to the identical interval final 12 months.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern metropolis with a inhabitants of 13 million, reported greater than 50,000 dengue circumstances in January-October, up 124 % over the identical interval final 12 months. Nine sufferers within the metropolis have died.
The local weather disaster, sizzling and sunny climate, steady rains and speedy urbanization have created favorable situations for mosquitoes to breed, exacerbating the dengue fever risk within the nation, the World Health Organization (WHO) officers stated at a convention in HCMC in April.
Vietnam has been looking for an efficient option to sort out dengue, one of many greatest killers out of 28 widespread infectious ailments. The solely vaccine for it obtainable globally just isn’t really useful for individuals who haven’t had dengue earlier than.
There isn’t any particular remedy for dengue, however early detection, improved scientific administration and entry to correct medical take care of extreme dengue can cut back fatality charges, WHO has stated.
Victims usually show signs of excessive fever over three to 4 days, fatigue, dizziness, stomachaches, vomiting and rashes. The most severe circumstances might result in hemorrhaging, lack of consciousness, respiratory failure and irregular liver and kidney features. Dengue fever can also result in uncommon coronary heart situations.