|A doctor examines a child suffering from dengue fever at a district general hospital in the central province of Quang Tri. This time of year is the peak season for the disease. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
HCM CITY (VNS)— It is the peak dengue season, with many provinces and cities reporting a rise in the incidence of the disease in recent weeks, the Preventive Medicine Department has said.
Dr Nguyen Van Binh, the department head, said the number of people contracting the mosquito-born disease would increase soon since September-October is the peak time.
The department has dispatched experts to high-risk areas like the central region and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) to monitor and prevent outbreaks.
It has provided more chemicals to destroy mosquito larvae to the central provinces of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh.
This has been a bad year for the central region's 11 provinces, which have reported a 2.5-fold increase year-on-year in the incidence of dengue in the first eight months.
The worst affected are the provinces of Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Quang Ngai, and Quang Binh.
In the Central Highlands, the incidence has soared by seven times.
Nguyen Nhat Cam, head of the Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Centre, said the number of patients in the city this year has shot up by 34 per cent to 716.
But in the country as a whole, the incidence of the disease has fallen by almost half from last year.
Only around 40,000 cases have been reported so far. — VNS