[health-vn] HEALTH: Vietnam raises dengue fever alert
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From: Stephen Denney <srdenney at gmail.com>
Date: 25 August 2010 6:12:18 PM PDT
To: vnnews-l at anu.edu.au
Subject: [vnnews-l] HEALTH: Vietnam raises dengue fever alert
Saigon Giai Phong Feb. 24 2010
Tuesday ,Aug 24,2010, Posted at: 13:02(GMT+7)
Vietnam raises dengue fever alert
The total number of cases Vietnam has recorded so far is about 42,000
including 33 deaths all over the country since the beginning of the
year, said the Ministry of Health on August 23.
Children patients suffering dengue fever treated in a hospital
The number of people suffering from the mosquito-born viral disease
amounted quickly in all parts of the country especially in the central
and the highlands regions. 18 provinces and cities have reported the
mosquito-born infection, announced the ministry.
The highlands provinces have seen 4,813 cases of dengue fever, nine
times higher than in the same period last year.
Dengue fever - carried by mosquitoes - can lead to headaches, high
fever and other flu-like symptoms, and even to brain haemorrhage. It
is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide. The only way
to prevent dengue virus transmission is to combat the disease-carrying
Meanwhile, the southern provinces of Ben Tre, An Giang, Dong Thap and
Soc Trang are battling massive outbreaks of the epidemic. Nguyen Ba
Minh, director of the Department of Health in the Mekong delta
province of Ben Tre, said the mosquito-borne disease has claimed five
lives and approximately 3,000 people have been affected in the
province especially in the two districts Ba Tri and Binh Dai.
The Mekong delta province of An Giang reported over 130 people
suffering from the disease every week and approximately 2,300 patients
have recorded so far, double against the same period last year. The
government must take bold steps to contain an outbreak of dengue fever
in the area.
The central provinces of Da Nang and Phu Yen have recorded 3,836 cases
of dengue fever with one death.
By staff writers - Translated by Nhat Lam
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