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Đắk Nông battles dengue fever surge

Update: August, 05/2016 - 17:20
A medical worker gives guidance to a resident about how to clean up water jars to kill larvae. – Photo dantri.com.vn
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ĐẮK NÔNG – The Central Highlands province of Đắk Nông has seen an increase in dengue fever cases since the beginning of 2016, whereas in Hà Nội, the number of cases has fallen, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Đắk Nông has had nearly 1,300 dengue fever cases this year, an increase of nearly 1,000 cases year-on-year. It was also the largest number of cases so far in the province, the provincial Preventive Medicines Centre said.

The disease was reported from 61 out of 71 communes and wards of the province.

Gia Nghĩa Town, Đắk Rlấp and Đắk Mil districts had the largest number of patients.

Sang Quốc Hà, deputy director of the Đắk Nông Preventive Medicines Centre, said the centre co-operated with local preventive medicine centres to spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes.

But the number of patients did not fall because it was the rainy season and the larvae multiplied and grew quickly.

Hà said the centre needed more co-operation from all localities and residents to control the disease.

In Hà Nội, nearly 500 dengue fever cases were reported in the first seven months of this year, a 12 per cent year-on-year fall.

Five districts with the largest number of patients are Hoài Đức, Đống Đa, Thanh Xuân and Hoàng Mai, besides Hai Bà Trưng.

Hoài Đức District had the largest number with 57 cases.

Nineteen patients are under treatment at present. Ten of them are from Hoài Đức District. The rest of the patients have recovered.

Deputy Director of the Hà Nội Department of Health Hoàng Đức Hạnh said the situation was still a complex one.

Although the number of cases has fallen, residents should be vigilant in preventing the disease.

The Hoài Đức District Medical Station co-operated with local authorities and residents in cleaning the environment.

Residents were educated about measures to prevent the disease. – VNS

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