Vietnam will join other Southeast Asian nations at an international program for treatment methods and specialised vaccines to prevent dengue fever, reported health authorities this week.
The international program of dengue fever vaccine production and testing has been launched by the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Together with the program, Vietnamese scientists will also push up research on dengue fever, such as hereditary transmission and effective methods of treatment for the disease, said doctor Trinh Quan Huan, head of the health ministryâ€™s Health Preventive and HIV/AIDS Combat Department in Vietnam.
A conference in Hanoi June 10 was organised to review dengue fever prevention in the northern provinces of Vietnam in the period from 2001-2005.
The conference reported that the infection rate of dengue fever in the area from 2001-2005 has reduced 80.4 percent in comparison to the previous five-year period from 1996-2000.
Notably there has not been a single death related to dengue fever since 2002 in the northern provinces.
However, specialists also confirmed that dengue fever remains in the top ten diseases, and carries with it a high-risk level for outbreak in Vietnam.