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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Vietnam : Dengue on the rise in Mekong Delta

Via Vietnam News :

" MEKONG DELTA : A significant increase in the number of patients hospitalised for dengue fever was reported in the Mekong Delta region two months prior to the virus' peak season, health experts have said.

Statistics from An Giang Province's Preventive Medicine Centre showed that as of yesterday, more than 1,180 people have contracted the disease, including three deaths and 240 patients with very serious symptoms.

The number of dengue fever patients in the province is 1.6 times higher than the same period last year. Nine out of the province's 11 districts have reported patients hospitalised for treatment, according to the statistics.

Figures from Dong Thap Province's Preventive Medicine Centre revealed that more than 800 people have been stricken with the mosquito-born disease so far this year, including two fatalities, an increase of 360 cases compared to the same period last year. Eight hundred cases and one death have been reported in Tien Giang Province.

Deputy Director Vo Huy Danh of An Giang Province's Preventive Medicine Centre said the disease had spread widely in both urban and rural areas, and that an increasing number of dengue patients were expected in coming months.

There was currently not a remedy for the disease and implementing prevention measures was the best method to protect health and avoid a breakout of the disease, he said."

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