At least 10,000 people in Vietnam’s southern Mekong Delta have been infected with dengue fever so far this year, of whom 13 died.
From June 6 to July 7, the country detected some 3,300 dengue fever patients, including 10 fatalities, according to local newspaper Saigon Liberation on Friday.
Most of local sufferers are from southern localities such as the provinces of Soc Trang, Dong Thap, Hau Giang and Bac Lieu, whose weather is most favourable for the development of mosquitoes -the disease’s transmitter.
To minimise the number of new infections, local health workers are encouraging residents to kill mosquitoes and their larvae more actively. More chemicals used to kill the insect are given to the residents.
Vietnam reported 73,300 cases of dengue fever infections, including 101 fatalities last year, up 108% and 74% against the year earlier, respectively.