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Thousands take part in ASEAN Dengue Day

Update: June, 11/2014 - 08:39
The best prevention is to spray chemicals and kill larvae, and remove standing water in containers.
HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 5,000 people will take part in an ASEAN Dengue Day on Saturday at Cao Lanh City's Van Mieu Park in the Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap.

The programme is organised by the Ministry of Health in co-operation with the provincial People's Committee and the sponsorship of the Viet Nam–based SC Johnson & Son.

The special day urges residents to join health agencies and local authorities to spend 10 minutes each week to destroy mosquito larvae.

Since 2005, dengue fever has become one of the most important public health problems receiving international attention, according to the World Health Organisation.

In Southeast Asia, the disease has has an upward trend year-by-year. The Asia Pacific region bears 75 per cent of the global burden, and the Western Pacific region, 31 out of 37 countries and areas have reported dengue fever cases in the past two decades.

In the world, there are an estimated 50-100 million incidences each year.

The increase in geographical expansion and the number of cases has been caused by many factors, including higher temperatures and an onset of early rainfall in many parts of the region, an increase in population densities, and more international and local travel.

There is no specific treatment for dengue fever, and a vaccine is being tested in clinical trials, according to Tran Dac Phu, head of Preventive Medicine Department.

The best prevention is to spray chemicals and kill larvae, and remove standing water in containers.

Phu said the community should help health officials and local authorities in prevention activities.

The ASEAN Dengue Day is an advocacy event agreed upon during the 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting in 2010.

In Viet Nam, the ministry organises programmes to mark the day each year. The first event was held in Can Tho in 2011. — VNS

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