Hanoi sees six dengue fever fatalities
Spray chemical to kill mosquito larva (Photo: VNA)
Nearly 5,000 additional cases of dengue fever have been
detected in Hanoi within the last two weeks, including six fatal ones.
This raises the total number of people contracting dengue fever in the capital
to more than 13,200 since early this year.
patient, who reportedly died of dengue fever on August 9 night at the National
Hospital for Tropical Diseases, was a 56-year-old woman from Thanh Xuan district.
She was hospitalised five days earlier with cardiac arrest and multi-organ
other fatalities were from the capital’s Hoang Mai, Dong Da, Ba Dinh and Ha
Dong districts. Data from the city’s Centre for Preventive Medicine show that
90 percent of dengue patients live in the districts of Hoang Mai, Dong Da,
Thanh Xuan, Ha Dong, Cau Giay, Hai Ba Trung, Thanh Tri, Thanh Oai, Thuong Tin,
and Hoai Duc.
fever generally mimics flu symptoms and goes away within a week, but some cases
can be more serious and require hospitalisation.
increase in the number of dengue fever patients has pushed hospitals into
overload, including the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Bach Mai
Hospital, Thanh Nhan Hospital and Dong Da Hospital.
The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases on
August 9 had to use its meeting room to set up 20 beds for patients. That
morning, 500 people arrived at the hospital for dengue-fever examinations.
hospital has a hotline number - 0969241616 - to receive questions related to
The Ministry of Health reports that over 82,000 people have contracted dengue
fever around the country this year, with 23 fatalities.-VNA