Dengue infections are on the rise in southern Vietnam.
According to VN Express, a local media on the 23rd, 4,867 people have been infected from April to recently, when the rainy season began in the southern province of Binh Duong.
This is an increase of 17.6% compared to the same period last year.
Eight people died during the period, the Health Department of Binh Duong Province said the day before.
In addition, 920 areas have been designated as hotspots (high risk of infection) this year.
Binh Duong Province is a major industrial complex area located near Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s largest city.
Ho Chi Minh City also saw a significant increase in the number of infections this year compared to last year.
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of the 19th of last year, more than 16,000 people had contracted dengue fever and nine people died.
During that period, the number of infections more than doubled compared to the same period last year.
Health officials have urged people to avoid mosquito bites to avoid dengue fever.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with the dengue virus, and symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, and muscle pain appear after an incubation period of 3 to 14 days.
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