Hanoi has reported the first dengue fever outbreak this year with ten new infections since last week, news website VietNamNet said Tuesday.
The capital city health authorities also said steps are being taken to contain the outbreak in Phuc La Commune, Ha Dong District. They said the area has many ongoing constructions which have created water holes that facilitate mosquito breeding.
Overall, dengue fever infections in Hanoi this year has reduced 11.6 percent from last year, with 14 cases. But pollution, regular downpours and high temperatures have been putting the city at risk.
Nguyen Van Tho, director of the Preventive Health Center of Ha Dong District, said the "situation is not so complicated this year but the risk is always high due to the bad weather and environment."
Dengue fever usually peaks in Hanoi in September or October and ceases by the end of the year. But the disease has not followed its usual routine in recent years and could hit the city any time of the year, officials said.
Nationwide, dengue fever infections in the first seven months have jumped 40 percent over last year, according to the Health Ministry.
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