There has been a 35 percent increase in the number of dengue fever cases this year, with the south accounting for most of them, the Ministry of Heath said Wednesday.
A ministry report at a conference held at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City listed a total of 39,897 cases in the first seven months, almost 90 percent of them in the south.
The region also accounted for 81 percent of the 26 deaths, with Ho Chi Minh City and the Dong Nai Province each reporting five.
News website VnExpress cited the report as saying around 40 percent of the deceased were hospitalized late and most died due to organ failures.
Provinces around Ho Chi Minh City and in the Mekong Delta have been the worst hit, with infection numbers up 1.5-4 times, as climatic conditions have been favorable for mosquitoes to breed.
There have been nearly 4,000 cases in the central region, and only 337 in Hanoi and northern provinces.
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