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Doctors warn of dengue risk to pregnant women

Update: November, 09/2015 - 09:32
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HCM CITY (VNS) — The deputy head of HCM City Department of Health Tang Chi Thuong has warned about the danger of dengue fever infection as the city's hospitals have been seeing more cases among pregnant women since the beginning of the year.

Unlike previous years, the number has increased but exact figures are unavailable, he said.

Last Wednesday, Gia Dinh People Hospital had to perform surgery on a 30-year-old pregnant women from District 2 who had dengue fever.

The woman, who was 39 weeks pregnant, had a low platelet count, according to Dr Nguyen Anh Dung, the hospital's deputy head.

Doctors of Gia Dinh Hospital in co-operation with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases conducted the surgery, and delivered the baby, which weighed 3.7 kilos. The mother and child are in good condition.

Gia Dinh Hospital has performed delivered babies on a number of pregnant women with dengue fever since the beginning of the year.

Dr Hoang Thi Diem Tuyet, head of Hung Vuong Obstetrics Hospital, said dengue fever in a woman seven-to-eight months pregnant could lead to a premature birth.

Women with severe dengue fever can begin to have symptoms of labour and develop infections. It is difficult to save the baby under these circumstances, Tuyet said.

Dr Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, head of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said the rate of dengue fever incidence has increased this year.

The cases among adults in HCM City increased to nearly 50 per cent from 24 per cent in 2000, according to the city's Pasteur Institute.

The city Preventive Health Centre's report showed that the city has had 13,748 hospitalised patients with dengue fever since the beginning of the year, an increase of 100 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The lowest incidences within the last 10 years was recorded in 2014. Five people died. — VNS

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