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Lack of understanding leads to rise in dengue fever cases

Update: December, 07/2012 - 10:49

KHANH HOA (VNS)— Khanh Hoa Province has the highest number of dengue fever cases in the country's central region, according to province officials.

The province's General Hospital admitted 75 patients with dengue fever on December 2, said Dr Nguyen Dong, the head of the infectious disease ward.

More than 300 patients have been treated at the hospital since November. One of them died.

Dr Lam Quang Chung, deputy head of the province's Health Department, said there had been 3,601 dengue fever cases since the beginning of the year in the province. Three of the patients died.

In the last four weeks, the number of patients with dengue fever in the province increased 8.4 times than same period last year.

Tests showed that some patients were carrying four different kinds of dengue-fever strains in their blood, which had never been seen before in the province, according to Chung.

He attributed the increase in cases to province officials' lack of knowledge about dengue fever and the increasing number of residents storing water in jars, which attract mosquitoes.

In addition, residents do not understand the need to destroy mosquito larvae.

In a recent meeting, Le Xuan Than, deputy chairman of the province People's Committee, said the committee would allocate an additional VND891 million (US$42,428) for dengue-fever prevention.

According to the Ministry of Health, nearly 11,400 dengue fever cases were recorded in November in the country. Of the number, 12 people died in November alone.

For the first 11 months of the year, 71,500 patients nationwide became infected with dengue fever. Of the number, 61 died.

Khanh Hoa Province is one of four provinces in the country with a high number of dengue-fever cases. —VNS

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