[health-vn] HCM City enters dengue fever period
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Tue May 12 13:58:57 EST 2009
HCM City enters dengue fever period
04:25' 12/05/2009 (GMT+7)
Children suffering dengue fever are hospitalized in Pediatric Hospital No.1.
VietNamNet Bridge - There has been an outbreak of dengue fever in Ho Chi Minh
City despite few rains. Experts said that the disease has arrived earlier than
Children between five to ten years old are the most vulnerable to the disease.
At the city’s Tropical Hospital, 40 newborn babies are receiving treatment for
Many children have been hospitalized after early rains in April, said Dr. Tran
Van Ngoc, head of the Pediatric Division.
The hospital is currently receiving 20-25 children per day.
At the city’s Pediatric Hospital No.2, doctors are treating 20 babies from
districts 8, Binh Thanh and Thu Duc.
A total of 780 children have been taken to the hospital in the first four months
of the year, 57 are serious cases.
The president of the Pasteur Institute, Tran Ngoc Huu, said that the city is
entering a period of dengue fever, with an expected increase of patients
compared to last year.
Twenty southern provinces have so far recorded 13,098 cases, a year-on-year
increase of 28 percent, including 11 deaths. Most patients (around 6,000) come
from Ho Chi Minh City, followed by Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau, Tien Giang
and Soc Trang.
The city’s Preventive Health Department believes the outbreak of the disease has
not occurred, as they usually disinfect and spray the environment and call for
public awareness of environmental hygiene. However, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung,
deputy director of Pediatric Hospital No.1 believes there has been an increase
in patients since May.
Dengue fever is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in
some Asian countries.
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