Community advised to keep vigilant on dengue although dengue infections fall nationwide
|The number of new dengue fever infections nationwide has dropped for ten consecutive weeks (Photo: VNA)|
According to the department, from October 30-November 5, as many as 2,744 dengue cases were reported across the country, down 17.9 percent over the previous week, without fatality.
A downturn was seen in 47 out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide, while a slight increase was recorded in only three southern provinces, namely An Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Tay Ninh. The capital city of Hanoi witnessed a fall in new dengue cases in the last ten weeks. The city recorded 1,021 cases last week, down 46 compared the previous week and 2,547 compared to its peak.
Despite a recent sharp fall in the number of dengue cases, the community should not neglect preventive measures against the epidemics, warned the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health. The country's health sector has monitored dengue's spread and launched numerous activities to tackle the disease. It also warned people to stay vigilant as November normally sees an increase in dengue cases. Although cooler weather has recently reduced mosquitoes in the northern region, the southern and central regions are still in a peak season of dengue, the department said.
In Hanoi, the ministry's Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control has kept a close watch on developments of the disease, while stepping up the killing of mosquitoes and larva in risky areas. The ministry has also provided 40 additional chemical spraying machines and 30 large-capacity machines to serve these activities.
People are advised to take measures to kill mosquitoes and larva, and protect themselves from mosquitoes, while coordinating with authorities in spraying anti-mosquito chemicals. They are also asked to reach health care facilities promptly for testing and treatment when finding any symptoms of dengue such as fever and joint paint.