Dengue fever surges at alarming rate in Tien Giang

VOV.VN - Dengue fever cases have continued to rise at an alarming rate in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, with four deaths being reported despite drastic prevention and control measures being taken.

The locality has so far reported over 3,600 dengue fever cases, with the outbreak hitting districts such as Cai Be, Chau Thanh, Cai Lay, and Cho Gao.

Most notably, there have been up to 321 cases over the past week, representing a sharp increase compared to the same period from last year.

The provincial health sector has therefore recommended that officials, civil servants, public employees, and local residents take effective preventive measures as a way of curbing the epidemic and spraying chemicals to kill mosquito larvae, eradicating rainwater containers, and improving the environmental sanitation, especially in epidemic-hit areas.

Local people have been advised to urgently head to medical facilities for testing and treatment if they show any signs of a high fever or a headache.

According to figures given by the Ministry of Health, the country has so far recorded more than 145,500 cases of dengue fever, including 53 deaths, mainly focusing in the southern region. 

The number of infected cases witnessed a 3.3 fold-rise, while the number of fatalities rose by 39 cases compared to the same period from last year.

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