|Dengue fever patients at the Paediatrics Hospital 1 in HCM City. The number of dengue fever cases in HCM City has risen sharply in the last few weeks and the trend is predicted to continue through the month. — Photo yteduphong.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The number of dengue fever cases in HCM City has risen sharply in the last few weeks and the trend is predicted to continue through the month, according to the city's Preventive Medicine Centre.
More than 10,600 cases of dengue fever have been reported this year, an increase of 80 per cent compared to the same period last year, said Nguyen Tri Dung, director of the centre.
An average of 400 cases have been reported every week in the city, Dung said at a meeting held yesterday in HCM City.
Five dengue-fever related fatalities, including two children and five adults, have been reported.
Most of the dengue-affected areas are in districts 8, Binh Tan, Thu Duc, Binh Chanh, Tan Binh and Tan Phu.
Urbanisation, population growth and environmental pollution have contributed to the increase in density of mosquitos and mosquito larvae, he said.
Tran Dac Phu, head of the Ministry of Health's Department of Preventive Medicine, has asked the city's Department of Health and hospitals to ensure the supply of equipment and medicine.
He also asked the department to reinforce preventive measures such as increased public awareness and spraying of insecticide in dengue-affected areas.
HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No.2 yesterday reported a two-fold increase in the number of dengue fever cases this month compared to the same period last year.
More than 100 in-patients with dengue fever are being treated at the hospital, with seven patients in serious condition, said Trinh Huu Tung, deputy director of the hospital.
The hospital reported five dengue-related fatalities, all of whom had been transferred to the hospital from other provinces, Tung said.
It has received more than 6,600 out-patients and 2,800 in-patients with dengue fever this year. The number is expected to continue to rise, he said.
At HCM City Paediatrics Hospital No.1, the number of patients with dengue fever rose to 2,100 this week. Three children died.
The hospital also reported a two-fold increase in the number of in-patients with dengue fever in September, to a weekly average of 60 in-patients compared to the previous month.
Along with dengue fever, hand, foot and mouth disease rose sharply in the two last weeks of September.
At the Paediatric Hospital No 1, 150 patients with hand, foot and mouth disease were hospitalised each week in early September. At the end of September, 300 hospitalised cases were reported a week - three times higher than the number of patients during a week in August.
In September, 860 people suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease were hospitalised.
Dr. Le Thi Bich Lien, deputy director of the Paediatrics Hospital No 1, said there are two periods each year – from April to May and from September to November - when people are more susceptible to hand, foot and mouth disease.
Outbreaks are most common during the warm summer and early fall months, but disease can spread year-round in tropical parts of the world. — VNS