Vietnam detected nearly 20,000 dengue fever cases in the first half of this year, surging 54% over the same period last year, local newspaper Youth reported Wednesday July 5.
Most of the cases were reported in the southern region, especially in HCM City, and the two provinces of Dong Thap and Soc Trang, where weather conditions and local people’s habit of storing water in containers at their houses favour the breeding of mosquitoes—the disease’s transmitter, the paper quoted sources from the country’s health ministry as saying.
In the six-month period, HCM City reported roughly 3, 000 cases of dengue fever infection, including two deaths, becoming the hardest-hit locality in the country.
The ministry is asking residents in localities nationwide to keep on cleaning environment around their accommodations, including keeping water containers clean and killing mosquitoes and their larvae.
Vietnam reported 49,400 cases of dengue fever infections, including 51 fatalities, last year, down 32.7% and 49.5% respectively from the previous year, according to the country’s General Statistical Office.