8 killed by dengue fever in Binh Duong

By Minh Nga   June 22, 2022 | 03:41 am PT
8 killed by dengue fever in Binh Duong
A staff sprays disinfection to kill mosquito larvae. Photo by Vietnam News Agency
From the start of the monsoon in April to date, the southern Binh Duong Province has recorded 4,867 dengue fever cases, up 17.6 percent against the same period last year.

Of those cases, eight have died, Nguyen Hong Chuong, director of Binh Duong’s Health Department, told a provincial meeting Wednesday.

Binh Duong, a major industrial hub bordering Ho Chi Minh City, has detected 920 dengue fever hotspots this year.

The HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said Sunday the city had recorded 16,057 dengue fever cases as of June 19, up 117.3 percent over the same period last year, and nine have died.

The HCDC said with the southern region entering the rainy season, it is now the peak of dengue fever. It warned people to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Vietnam has been trying to find an effective way to tackle dengue, one of the biggest killers of its 28 common infectious diseases. The only vaccine for it available globally is not recommended for people who have not had dengue before.

The World Health Organization says vector control is the key strategy to prevent transmission of the dengue virus.

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