Vietnam tells hospitals to prepare as cases of dengue fever surge


Hanoi — Vietnam’s cases of dengue this year have more than doubled compared to the same period in 2021, the Ministry of Health said Thursday, warning hospitals to prepare for further infections.

Dengue fever is a common mosquito-borne disease in Southeast Asia that causes flu-like symptoms. The severe form of it can cause internal bleeding.

Vietnam recorded 89,120 cases of dengue fever in the first 6 months, an increase of 148% from 35,936 cases in the previous year. During the same period, the number of deaths tripled to 34.

In a country with a population of 98 million, about 110,000 cases are usually recorded annually in recent years, and infections usually peak between June and October.

“The number of cases continues to grow, and more severe cases are expected to be hospitalized,” the ministry, which issued special guidelines to healthcare providers this week.

“All state and district level hospitals need to focus their resources on recognizing and treating severe cases.”