A child being treated with dengue fever in Ho Chi Minh City
Dengue fever infections in Ho Chi Minh City increased nearly 30 percent from April to May as rains started to fall.
Doctors said the development was faster than usual as dengue infections tend to jump in June, according to a Thursday report by news website Dan Tri.
Figures from HCMC's Preventive Health Center showed that the local infections this year have totaled more than 3,500, including three deaths.
Doctor Nguyen Dac Tho, deputy director of the department, said most outlying districts such as Binh Tan, 6 and 8 reported a surge in cases last month, each with around 60 new dengue patients.
"Complicated developments have been forecasted for the near future," Tho said.
The patients began flooding city hospitals in mid-May.
The Hospital for Tropical Diseases is treating 70-80 inpatients every day, and receiving an average of 40 new patients a day -- up nearly 40 percent from the previous month.
The HCMC Children's Hospital No.2 also received 300 dengue cases in May compared with 200 the previous month.
HCMC Health Department has asked district agencies to be more vigilant in preventing the disease by killing mosquitoes and their larvae.
People from District 8 said they have been struggling with different measures to deal with the mosquitoes since heavy rains began last month, but health officials in the district have yet to spray insecticides.
According to Pasteur Institute in HCMC, 1,315 new dengue fever infections have been reported in the southern region this week, 7.6 percent up from last week. No casualties have been reported.
Meanwhile, nationwide infections have increased 11.2 percent year on year to 17,462 cases, including eight deaths.
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