|Viet Nam has had more than 10,000 cases of dengue fever so far this year - and seven fatalities.— Photo tuoitre.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The number of dengue - fever cases so far this year has dropped by 40 per cent compared with the same period last year.
The turnaround has been credited to a better flow of information about the disease, said Tran Dac Phu, director of the Ministry of Health's Department of Preventive Medicines.
Viet Nam has had more than 10,000 cases of dengue fever so far this year - and seven fatalities.
In the central area, the number of patients fell by more than 70 per cent and in the Central Highlands by 60 per cent.
Ha Noi had 90 cases, a decrease by 50 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Phu told the Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Nowadays) that medical workers kept close watch on affected areas and gave advice on preventing the disease.
After an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease last month in Yen Hoa Commune in Ha Noi, the city's Preventive Medicine Centre joined hands with medical stations to spray affected areas.
"We do not have a vaccine for dengue fever. The only measure to prevent the disease is to destroy the mosquitoes' reproductive environment," he said.
Director of Ha Noi Preventive Medicines Centre Nguyen Nhat Cam said residents should clear up water puddles around their houses.
They should use mosquito nets while sleeping and wear long-sleeve shirts when going into mosquito-ridden areas, he said. — VNS