|A health official fumigates to kill mosquitoes to prevent dengue fever. One person has been confirmed dead from dengue fever in Cà Mau Province. – VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc |Viet Nam News
CÀ MAU — The Mekong Delta province of Cà Mau has reported Việt Nam’s first death from dengue fever this year.
The Health Centre in Trần Văn Thời District confirmed the death of a 15-year-old student, who lived in Sông Đốc Township.
Trần Thị Huyền Như was hospitalised on March 29 and diagnosed with an unknown virus.
On March 31, doctors confirmed she was suffering from dengue fever. By then, her health had deteriorated.
At 9 am the same day, she was transferred to the provincial General Hospital for treatment.
She developed a blood infection and suffered from respiratory failure and coagulopathy. She died at 5pm.
The provincial People’s Committee has directed the local health sector to strengthen measures to prevent the disease, particularly providing information on the epidemic to locals and guiding them on ways to prevent the disease. In 2017, the province reported three deaths from dengue fever.
Last year dengue fever flourished across the country, especially in Hà Nội and HCM City.
More than 148,260 cases of dengue fever have been reported across the country since the outbreak began in 2017. Thirty people have lost their lives.
Hà Nam northern province was the first province to announce the dengue epidemic.
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no specific vaccine or treatment for dengue. — VNS