Dengue patients at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City
Dengue is hitting adults harder than ever and most are not careful enough about it, doctors in Ho Chi Minh City have said.
Speaking to Thanh Nien, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Truong, chief of the infectious disease department at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said that adults suffer more complications than children when suffering from dengue.
For example, last Monday the hospital admitted four cases with complications, including multiple organ failures, he said.
"These cases were subject to very high chances of death, if they did not receive immediate intensive treatment," Truong added.
The hospital is the southern region's major facility for the treatment of infectious diseases and has admitted 3,723 adult patients with dengue since the beginning of this year.
Currently some 120 adults are receiving treatment for dengue at the hospital every day, 40 percent of which were hospitalized late.
"Adults are usually not cautious about the disease's symptoms, so most of the patients were hospitalized in serious condition," Truong said.
Dr. Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of the hospital, agreed, saying that many people still mistakenly believed that adults were totally immune to dengue. He added that the disease was increasingly strong in adults in recent years.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tran Ngoc Huu, chief of the HCMC Pasteur Institute, attributed the "complicated situation" to improper living environments at industrial zones, residential areas and boarding houses where more and more migrants from other provinces work and live.
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