|The dengue fever outbreak has reached its peak period, with a dramatic growth in the number of patients contracting the mosquito-born disease in HCM City. — Photo laodong
HCM CITY (VNS)— The dengue fever outbreak has reached its peak period, with a dramatic growth in the number of patients contracting the mosquito-born disease in HCM City, doctors have warned.
Nguyen Thanh Tung, head of the infection control department at the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said the number of infections this month has risen three-fold compared to other months this year.
Nearly 30 people are hospitalised every day with dengue, he said.
It has treated 3,000 dengue patients this year, with adults making up twice the number of children.
Nguyen Bao Nhi, a five-year-old girl from Long An Province, was diagnosed with dengue and transferred to the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases with severe complications, including liver and kidney failure.
She had high fever and was vomiting constantly, but her condition has stabilised after two weeks of intensive treatment at the hospital.
Doctors said the outbreak would last through the rainy season, which usually ends in November, warning city residents to take precautions against it. People should get themselves examined by doctors if high fever persists for more than two days, they said. — VNS