|A medical worker takes care of a dengue fever patient at the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Dengue fever has become serious in Binh Dinh central province. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy
BINH DINH (VNS) — The Pasteur Nha Trang Institute in the central province of Binh Dinh has concluded that four recent deaths were caused by the dengue fever virus.
The province reported 2,726 cases of dengue fever last year, causing five fatalities, with four of the five cases being children.
Le Quang Hung, deputy director of the Binh Dinh Department of Health, said that serious dengue fever cases treated in the province did not initially include typical symptoms, creating difficulties for their being diagnosed.
The victims, however, were hospitalised when the disease reached a serous stage, he said.
All of the fatalities displayed symptoms that included shock, organ failure and respiratory distress.
At present, the weather has also been a factor, allowing mosquitoes to spread the disease, as the number of dengue fever cases has continued to rise, said Hung.
The Binh Dinh General Hospital's Paediatrics Ward has 100 beds, but routinely must care for 300 patients, with one-third of them suffering from dengue fever.
On Wednesday and Thursday, doctors from the Pasteur Nha Trang Institute, the HCM City-based Paediatrics Hospital No 2 and the Quy Nhon Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, reviewed methods to prevent the spread of dengue fever in the province.
Director of the Institute, Vien Quang Mai, added that this outbreak has been particularly serious, noting that all four types of the disease appeared in the province. Further, incidents of the D2 type virus increased by seven-times compared to previous seasons.
Doctors from the HCM City-based Paediatrics Hospital No 2 said that the Paediatrics Ward has provided the recommended treatment, based upon guidelines set by the Ministry of Health.
Also, in the future, doctors from the two hospitals will exchange experiences that will aid in the treating of serious dengue fever cases. — VNS