|A medical worker gives instruction to residents to kill mosquito larvae. — VNA/VNS Photo
BINH DUONG (VNS) — Two of the dengue fever patients in the southern Binh Duong Province died, the provincial Department of Preventive Medicine Centre said yesterday.
According to the centre, there have been more than 1,100 dengue fever cases in the southern Binh Duong Province since the beginning of this year.
In Thu Dau Mot City itself, more than 230 people were infected by the disease, and one of them died at the end of last month in Phu Cuong Ward, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The second dengue death was in Di An Town's Dong Hoa District.
The families of the two dead patients refused to supply detailed information about them, but the provincial health department said the victims had been hospitalised late in a serious condition, with symptoms of high temperature, headache, stomach ache and extremely low blood pressure, besides decreased glomerule and bleeding in the digestive system.
Most of the patients lived in boarding houses in industrial zones such as Di An Town and Thuan An District.
Quach Hoang My, head of the epidemic ward under the Binh Duong Preventive Medicine Centre, said low awareness about environmental hygiene among local residents was the reason for the rise in dengue cases.
Their houses were humid, creating an environment conducive for mosquitoes to breed and transmit the disease, My said.
My said the centre was spraying chemical substances in the affected areas to kill mosquitoes.
The Binh Duong People's Committee asked the centre and the provincial Department of Health to join hands with concerned agencies to keep the environment clean and to instruct residents about disease prevention. — VNS