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Dengue fever cases continue to rise at HCM City hospitals

Update: August, 22/2014 - 10:08

The number of dengue fever cases has been increasing steadily in HCM City over the past two months, representatives of the city's hospitals said.— Photo vietnamnet

HCM CITY (VNS) — The number of dengue fever cases has been increasing steadily in HCM City over the past two months, representatives of the city's hospitals said.

The HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases treated nearly 1,050 people with dengue last month compared to 820 in June, its general planning ward said, adding that the number continues to rise. Many of the patients now come with severe complications, it added.

Hospital No.1 is getting an average of 60 in-patients every day against 40 last month.

At Hospital No.2, the daily number has risen from around 10 last month to 30 at the time being. In the past few months it handled almost no serious cases, but has treated several in just the last few days, Trinh Huu Tung, head of its general planning ward, said.

Nguyen Tran Nam, deputy head of the hospital's infectious diseases ward, said 30 per cent of children with dengue were brought with respiratory problems and 25-26 per cent of children with digestive disorders.

Children who have high fever for three days should be taken to hospital to test for dengue, he warned. —VNS

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