|A child infected with dengue fever is treated at HCM City’s Tropical Diseases Hospital. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Dengue fever is spreading rapidly in Việt Nam with 14 fatalities over the past seven months, the Ministry of Health said.
More than 44,800 patients were reportedly infected in 46 provinces and cities since January, increasing 2.6 times over the same period last year.
In July alone, the number of cases has reached 5,500 with two disease-related fatalities.
Dengue fever is on the rise during rainy season with a majority of the cases reported in the central and southern region.
The health ministry said that there were four types of dengue fever virus in Việt Nam. Those who were previously infected might still be susceptible to the virus.
The ministry warned that everyone should fully cover water containers to prevent mosquitoes laying eggs, whilst taking measures to kill mosquito larvae, cleaning up houses and discarding leftovers.
They should also use mosquito nets while sleeping and collaborate with the health sector to spray anti-mosquito chemicals.
Those who present symptoms of fever and red spots on the skin must be sent to health facilities and not to take medicines without prescription, especially antibiotics, the ministry said. — VNS