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Dengue fever cases continue to rise

Update: September, 28/2012 - 12:16


The Health Ministry urges people to clean their living areas to prevent the spread of dengue fever.—File Photo
HA NOI – (VNS) The Ministry of Health's Preventive Healthcare Department has urged people protect themselves against outbreaks of dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes.

The department has urged people to clean places where mosquitoes and larva may be prevalent, such as bushes, and kill the insects to stop the spread of dengue fever.

According to the Ministry's statistics, 51,000 people contracted dengue fever across the nation since the beginning of the year, and 42 of these cases resulted in fatalities.

Cases of dengue have risen rapidly in recent months. In September alone 13,000 cases were reported, including 13 deaths.

The department warned that August and September were a peak time for outbreaks of the disease, and early rains this season along with urbanisation have exacerbated the situation.

Statistics from Ha Noi's Preventive Healthcare Centre meanwhile reveal 450 cases recorded in the capital city so far this year, a 50 per cent decrease compared with the same period last year. – VNS

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