HCMC – HCMC last week recorded 79 new dengue fever outbreaks in 51 wards and communes, raising the total number of outbreaks in the year to date to 446.
The HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC) said the new outbreaks were mostly detected in the outlying districts of Cu Chi, Nha Be, Hoc Mon, and districts 8, 12. One more death linked to dengue fever was also reported in Cu Chi, taking the city’s dengue death toll since the beginning of this year to seven, up by five cases year-on-year.
“The city is seeing an alarming rise in dengue cases,” Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director of HCDC, told a press briefing on May 19.
During the first four months of the year, the city reported over 8,400 dengue cases, rising 28% against the 2021 figure. Last week, nearly 950 dengue cases were reported, up 20% month-on-month.
The health authorities last week arranged forces to sterilize dengue-hit areas.
The extended scorching weather along with unexpected rains have created conditions for the spread of dengue fever.
Accordingly, people should clean up their houses, offices, and the surrounding areas regularly to help prevent dengue fever and use anti-mosquito products.