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Dengue fever death toll rises in Dong Nai

Update: December, 19/2012 - 10:18

DONG Nai (VNS) – Ten people in southern Dong Nai Province have died from dengue fever since the beginning of the year, the highest number in five years.

According to the province's Preventive Medicine Centre, the fever has emerged in all 171 communes and wards in the province, affecting nearly 5,400 people.

Low awareness and poor prevention among local residents were to blame for the disease spreading, said centre director Cao Trong Nguong.

He added that in most fatal cases, patients were taken to hospital when the illness had become too serious.

Poor environmental hygiene caused by rapid urbanisation also helped create favourable conditions for the disease, he said.

The province is taking measures to clean up the environment and raise public awareness of better hygiene. -- VNS

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