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HCMC’s dengue fever deaths highest in decade

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC recorded some 25 deaths due to dengue by October 2, the highest in a decade, according to the HCMC Center for Disease Control.

Some 75% of the deaths were adults, with many cases taken to the hospital too late.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 62,085 dengue cases, seven times over the same period in 2021.

The number of severe cases has also increased, with 1,360 cases reported. The rate of severe cases is 2.2%, up 3.6 times over the figure in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has recorded 236,730 cases with 98 deaths this year. The number of dengue cases has increased 4.6 times compared to the same period in 2021.

The HCDC recommends that people with a sudden high fever of 39-40 degrees Celsius should see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment instructions.

During treatment at home, patients should keep an eye on severe symptoms of the disease and go to hospital when needed.

Severe symptoms include abdominal pain, continuous vomiting, vomiting blood, bleeding gums, fatigue and rapid breathing.

The HCMC People’s Committee has assigned the authority of districts and towns to take responsibility for the prevention and control of dengue fever in the area.

Along with dengue fever, hospitalized people with hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) in HCMC have also soared.

The city’s HFMD case count has neared 15,300 cases, with 532 cases detected between September 26 and October 2, increasing by 22.9% versus the four-week-ago period.

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