Two-year-old dies of dengue fever in Da Nang

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A two-year-old boy from Da Nang has died of dengue fever and the number of patients with the disease in the city has climbed six times over last year, local media said Tuesday.


Test results from the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang showed Truong Thai Bao, who died on November 11, had dengue fever, the Da Nang Preventive Health Center said Monday.


Bao was already in a critical condition when he was hospitalized on November 5.


This is the second dengue fever death in the city this year. The first was a 27-year-old woman who died in July.


Da Nang health agencies say the central region's city has had nearly 4,200 dengue fever patients this year, nearly six times more than last year and the highest in the last ten years.


"The situation has cooled off (in November) but is still complicated compared to the other years," said doctor Ton That Thanh, director of the Da Nang Preventive Health Center.


Nguyen Ngoc Ham, head of the Tropical Medicince Faculty at Da Nang Hospital, said the conditions of the patients are getting worse and most of them "had to be treated at the hospital for more than one week."


Ham said the faculty has had to ask for three more doctors and seven more nurses, and put in more sickbeds.


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