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Dengue fever continues to spread across Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm

So far this year dengue fever outbreaks nationwide have sickened 55,430 and claimed 42 lives, officials said. Therefore, the country needs to strengthen measures to limit the outbreak of the disease.

The dengue virus is spread by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

The worst affected region was the Central region,  Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.

According to centers for Preventive Health in locals, this year’s massive outbreak was fuelled by poor mosquito eradication efforts.

To combat and control the disease, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung September 18 asked provinces and cities to implement preventative measures such as conducting environment sanitation and mosquito extermination.

Health authorities should work together with local people to raise their awareness of dengue problems and advise them to eradicate mosquitoes around their homes, officials said.

In addition, people should follow the health sector’s recommendations, such as sleeping in anti-mosquito nets, using traditional methods to exterminate mosquitoes and sending affected persons to hospitals as soon as infection occurs.

Hospitals need to prepare enough medicines and sickbeds to treat inpatients.

Source: SGGP

Dengue epidemic grips Vietnam, claims 59 lives

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

So far this year the mosquito – borne disease has sickened 80,000 people across the country, 59 of whom have died, said the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Health.

Children with dengue fever are treated at HCMC Children Hospital No.2 (Photo: SGGP)

Although the number of infected people this year decreased 6.3 percent as compared to last year, the dengue fever situation still is complicated and at risk of spreading on a large scale, said the Health Ministry.

The worst affected region was the southern provinces with 43,844 cases.

Meanwhile, health officials from the central region and central highlands have reported an increase of 168% in cases with 21,638 infected people.

Dengue is decreasing in Hanoi and northern provinces but dengue among adults is often accompanied by unexpected complications.

The ministry says dengue virus type D1 accounts for 74 percent of the cases nationwide. It predicts that the epidemic will continue into November with many complications, and is asking all localities to take urgent steps to curb the spread of the disease.

The municipal health department is trying to clean up the ‘hot spots’ and will spray chemicals to prevent the disease on a large scale.

The Preventive Medicine Department said it was working with relevant agencies to take preventive measures in key localities since early this year, focusing on cleaning the environment and killing mosquitoes.

Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian countries.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever becomes complex in areas

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:53 am

Dengue fever becomes complex in areas

QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Despite a 6.3 percent drop in the number of people infected with dengue fever over the same period last year, the disease has been growing more complex in different areas since the beginning of this year.  

According to the Department for Preventive Health and the Environment, by early October, Vietnam had around 80,000 cases of dengue fever and 59 people died of the disease, 9 percent higher than last year’s death toll.

As in previous years, dengue fever is often seen in southern provinces but the central and central highland regions have now become “hot” spots” for the disease.

The number of infected people in some central and central highland provinces is more than 21,600, up 168 percent compared to the same period last year.

It is worth noting that the number of patients with more serious problems has increased sharply due to the widening circle of the disease; a dengue fever epidemic broke out in the northern region last year.

Source: VOV/VNN

Source: QDND

Dengue fever kids suffer complications as epidemic spreads in country

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

Many children with dengue fever have suffered serious complications as the disease is spreading through out the country, said the Pediatrics Hospital No.1 on August 8.

The hospital’s emergency room has received many children with serious complications recently, as the number of dengue fever patients is rising. Around 10 percent children suffering from dengue fever have experienced complications, according to the hospital’s deputy director Le Thi Bich Lien.

Dr. Lien warned parents to take their children to hospital immediately if they suddenly develop a high fever, rash, muscle and joint pain, nausea or vomiting.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illnesses, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums or vagina in girls. 


Source: SGGP

Dengue fever spreads in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

The Department of Preventive Health reported on August 1 that dengue fever is spreading through out the country.

The capital city of Hanoi has over 500 dengue fever patients and that figure is rising. Medical workers fretted that the density of mosquitoes and unhygienic environmental conditions in many residential blocks would worsen circumstances.

Children are treated in the Children Hospital I

Meanwhile, the disease plagues Mekong delta provinces. Ben Tre’s deputy head of Department of Health, Nguyen Van Thang, reported on August 1 that around 1,800 residents had suffered from the disease, including two fatalities in the province. The province’s General Hospital receives approximately 40 cases a day, while 143 persons have been hospitalized. District Ba Tri has handled most of the cases with over 700 patients.

In Dong Thap province in the heart of the Mekong Delta, three residents died from the pandemic and the rate of infected patients has increased by 36.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

Until now, around 1,005 people have contracted dengue fever in An Giang province to the west, with three of them dying; meanwhile, its neighboring province, Kien Giang, said the province hospitals are treating 800 people suffering from dengue fever, also suffering three casualties.

The number of sick persons in Tra Vinh and Vinh Long are 300 and 400 respectively, with each province registering one fatality.

Ho Chi Minh City will inspect anti–pandemic practices of local medical clinics in 24 districts for two weeks beginning August 1, said Dr. Le Truong Giang, deputy chief of the city Department of Health. Admissions of patients suffering from dengue fever to hospitals in HCMC have been 150 per week.

The highlands province of Kon Tum is treating 332 dengue fever patients, with one dying from the disease.

Medical workers in local preventive health departments and governments have sprayed chemicals to disinfect the environment and told residents to keep their residential quarters clean to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever on the rise

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Dengue fever on the rise

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever has spread out rapidly in several southern, central and central highland provinces. The number of infected people hospitalized has increased sharply.

In southern Kien Giang province, nearly 800 cases of dengue fever – 3 of them fatal- have been reported with children comprising half of the total. In July alone, there were 155 diagnosed patients, 23 more than in June.

In central highland Kon Tum province, 322 people have contracted the disease in 36 communes and districts. July’s infection rate is three times what it was a year ago. The provincial preventive health centre said that the rainy season will boost populations of mosquitoes, which are the main carriers of the disease.

In central Quang Tri province, although no fatalities have been reported for the past few days, the number of infections has increased sharply. In July, 32 were confirmed, more than the total number of cases in the first half of the year.

Quang Tri province’s preventive health centre sent doctors to halt local outbreaks and co-ordinate with local authorities to eradicate mosquito larvae and conduct mosquito survey in areas reporting infections.

According to health experts, the increase in the number of dengue fever cases can be attributed to local negligence in carrying out preventive measures.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Cholera and dengue fever spread

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

The number of people infected with cholera skyrocketed in the first six months of the year in the southern region, said Le Hoang San, deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Pasteur Institute.

Children with dengue fever are treated at HCMC Children Hospital No.2 (Photo: SGGP)

At a July 9 meeting between the Ministry of Health and southern health units on preventing epidemics, specifically cholera, Mr. San said that HCMC now has 12 infected patients. Meanwhile, the figure is 18 in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

According to San, nine of 36 water samples taken from Ben Tre Province have tested positive for the choleric bacteria. Eight river water samples in An Giang have also presented the same tested results.

The transmitting sources have been determined to be Cambodians, who came to Vietnamese border provinces for health checks and treatment and from unhygienic food and water.

Deputy Minister of Health Trinh Quan Huan said that the extended scorching weather has made cholera harder to control.

In the northern region, the choleric bacterium has been found present in fresh water sources in Bac Ninh and Hai Duong provinces and in Hanoi. Samples of raw vegetables, ice water and dog meat have also tested positive for the cholera bacteria.

The same day, Le Bich Lien, deputy director of HCMC Children Hospital No.2, said that in the past week, the hospital has hospitalized 70-80 children each day with dengue fever, with 60 percent of the cases coming from HCMC.

Since the beginning of the year, HCMC has recorded 2,000 cases of persons infected with dengue fever with one patient dying from the disease.

In the central region, Binh Dinh Province’s Preventive Medicine Center reported that two children in the locality have died off dengue fever; one was an 11-year-old girl while the other was a seven-year-old boy.

In the first half of the year, Binh Dinh experienced 676 cases of dengue fever, an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever hotline for must run around clock: MOH

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Ministry of Health June 27 ordered its subdivisions to maintain a hotline concerning dengue fever, to combat the disease that is on an upward trend.

A health worker is examining dengue fever children at Children Hospital No. 2 (photo: SGGP)

Municipal and provincial departments of health were asked to keep in touch with hospitals the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the National hospital for Children, Hue Hospital, the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and two hospitals No. 1 and 2 for children, also in HCMC.

MOH warned that the disease is plaguing southern provinces, while more people in the central and highlands provinces are contracting dengue fever as well.

Figures showed that the number of infected people in the central and highlands is over 4,000, a rate that doubles numbers from the same period in 2009. Affected provinces include Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da nang, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

Moreover, Hanoi recorded over 300 people infected with the ailment; July is considered the peak season for the disease.

Antibiotic resistance due to severe abuse has reached alarming rate in Vietnam, according to a recent survey conducted by the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.

A survey, conducted at pharmacies and hospitals in Hanoi over a one-month period found that cases in which children are prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily are rampant.

Uncontrolled use and abuse of antibiotics has caused a severe resistance to the medicines in Vietnam. The survey also reported that over 60 percent of people are resistant to medication that treats pneumonia.

Source: SGGP

Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever is on the rise in the central and northern localities, reports the Ministry of Health.

In Da Nang, about 600 people have been stricken with the mosquito-borne disease so far this year, 10 times higher than for the first three months of last year.

Almost 100 incidents of the disease have been reported in Hanoi with one fatality in Tan Minh commune, Soc Son district, said the Preventive Health Centre’s Disease Control Department director, Le Duc Tuyen.

The centre is planning to prevent any spread of the disease in communes, clinics and schools through a clean up of the environment, and raising public awareness about the threat, the director said.

But the Health Ministry’s Preventive Health and Environment Department said that although 7,300 incidents of dengue fever were confirmed throughout Vietnam to March, the figure was 28 percent less than the same period last year.

At least three of those infected have died.

Clinical symptoms of the disease have changed and patients need to have their blood tested to confirm infection, explained Da Nang Preventive Health Centre director Ton That Thanh.

The national target programme for the prevention of dengue fever from 2006-10 has been relaunched this year, said the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology’s Insect and Animal Department head, Tran Vu Phong.

Its focus will be to improve the skills of all medical workers.

Stagnant water enables the mosquitoes to reproduce and develop and is a major reason for the spread of the disease. People are encouraged to clean around their dwellings and spray mosquito killer.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dengue fever cycle peaks, but forecast to decline next month

In Social life on October 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Dengue fever cycle peaks, but forecast to decline next month

QĐND – Sunday, October 18, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever is expected to have reached a 10-year peak and to stay at that level until the end of November, according to Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Centre spokeswoman Nguyen Nhat Cam.

The epidemic often had a cycle of 3-5 years or 5-10 years, said Cam, who is head of the centre’s Infectious Diseases Control Department.

The fever broke out on a large scale in 1998, thus this year was the peak of cycle, he said.

In July, 783 people were hospitalised with dengue fever. Since early September, the number of cases has topped 2,800, 14.5 times higher than the same period last year.

Cam said many people were still not co-operating in the prevention and treatment to control the epidemic.

“They don’t let health-care staff enter and spray anti-mosquito chemicals because they are afraid it will harm their health,” she said.

“In fact, these chemicals do not have a long-term effect and only kill mosquitoes carrying the fever virus to avoid the epidemic spreading,” Cam said.

National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology director Nguyen Tran Hien said those who were affected could suffer a relapse in the same epidemic season.

“It can even get more serious if one relapses because of getting another type of dengue fever virus,” he said.

He advised patients to watch complication symptoms from the fourth to the seventh day after getting the fever, including tiredness, vomiting, stomach ache, difficulty in breathing and hypodermic (beneath the skin) bleeding.

If these symptoms occur, patients should definitely see a doctor.

Hien called on the public to raise their awareness of dengue fever as a preventive measure.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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