he number of dengue fever cases in southern Vĩnh Long Province has risen sharply in the last few weeks with the trend predicted to continue through the month. — Photo baovinhlong.vn
VĨNH LONG – The number of dengue fever cases in southern Vĩnh Long Province has risen sharply in the last few weeks with the trend predicted to continue through the month, the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre has announced.
More than 860 cases of dengue fever were reported this year, an increase of 53 per cent compared to the same period last year, said Dr Huỳnh Thanh Tân, deputy director of the centre. 90 of the cases became serious, with one resulting in death.
An average of 25 cases has been reported every week in the province. The most dengue-affected areas are in Long Hồ, Bình Tân, Mang Thít districts and Vĩnh Long City.
Võ Thị Thu Hương, head of Vĩnh Long General Hospital’s Peadiatrics Department said in September, 54 people were hospitalised, with signs of liver damage.
Tân said this month was the peak of the rainy season, causing an increase in density of mosquitoes and mosquito larvae.
The centre has boosted preventive measures such as increased public awareness and spraying of insecticide in dengue-affected areas, he added. — VNS