Several localities have seen high rates of dengue fever in comparison with the same period from last year, including the town of Cai Lay, with an increase of 311 per cent, My Tho city, a rise of 276 per cent, and Go Cong town up 272 per cent.
Local agencies have undertaken drastic preventive measures and have treated 638 out of 644 outbreaks of dengue fever, while other regional localities have launched a campaign to encourage the eradication of mosquito larvae. Other policies include spraying nearly 270 litres of chemicals in a bid to halt the outbreaks of dengue outbreaks in the districts of Cai Be, Cai Lay, and Go Cong town.
However, a number of households in the area remain unaware of the dangers of the disease and have yet to take significant measures in order to eliminate mosquito larvae.
As a means of combating dengue fever cases effectively, relevant local units have continued to increase inspections, whilst also supervising and controlling water containers which could attract mosquito larvae in households.
Furthermore, local residents have been urged to raise awareness of the need to eradicate mosquito larvae in order to control the epidemic.
The local health sector has boosted the surveillance of dengue fever cases as a way of detecting high-risk areas.
Dr. Le Dang Ngan, Deputy Director of Tien Giang Centre for Disease Control, said as there is no specific medical cure for dengue fever, the most effective preventive measure is to eliminate larvae and stop them from turning into mosquitoes.
He also emphasised the need to improve the treatment capacity of local hospitals in order to detect the signs of outbreaks early, provide timely emergency treatment for infected cases, and minimise deaths.
Local residents have been urged to go to their nearest medical station to undergo treatment in a timely manner if they discover any suspicious symptoms such as a high fever, headache, nausea, rash, and muscle aches.