From August 12-18 dengue fever has been widely reported with 301 cases in 145 communes and wards throughout 26 Hanoi's districts.
Increased number of patients has been recorded in some districts, including 29 in Nam Tu Liem, 28 in Hoai Duc, 25 in Thanh Oai, 24 in Dong Da, 20 in Cau Giay, 19 in Thuong Tin and 17 in Thanh Tri.
The capital city has recorded a total of 2,399 cases of dengue fever since the beginning of the year, but no death.
Associate Prof. Dr. Hoang Duc Hanh, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Health, said the number of dengue fever cases in the northern metropolis has surged, pointing to a number of causes leading to the spread of the epidemic, including hot weather and rain, and an influx of migrants from rural areas.
He urged relevant agencies to focus on spreading information on preventive measures to local residents.
Since the beginning of the year, as many as 130,000 cases of dengue fever have been uncovered across the country, resulting in 16 deaths. In comparison to the same period last year, the number of dengue fever cases has seen a three-fold increase.