Published Date: 2007-06-22 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Dengue - Viet Nam (07)
Archive Number: 20070622.2025
DENGUE - VIET NAM (07)
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: 22 Jun 2007
Source: France 24 / AFP [edited]
Dengue fever deaths up in Viet Nam
Dengue fever has infected almost 20 000 people in Viet Nam in the 1st
6 months of the year and killed 21, 7 more than in the same period
last year, the health ministry said Friday [22 Jun 2007].
Higher temperatures and rainfalls have been blamed for the nearly 15
percent rise to 19 144 new infections from the mosquito-borne
disease, which have been concentrated in the poverty-stricken
southern Mekong delta. Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries
have also seen surging cases of the virus that causes flu-like
symptoms, aching joints and fatigue.
"Vietnam's worst-hit provinces were in the Mekong delta," said Tran
Thanh Duong, an official with the ministry's preventive health care
department. "The increased infection rate is mainly due to unusually
hot weather and too much rain this year, which has provided good
breeding grounds for mosquitos."
The virus thrives in urban areas because the carrier, the aedes
mosquito, breeds in stagnant water, including in blocked drain-pipes
and rubbish heaps.
Experts predict dengue fever will increasingly spread with global
warming, growing urbanisation and more international travel.
[In the most recent PRO/MBDS posting on dengue in Viet Nam (see
Dengue - Viet Nam (06) 20070613.1921, there was mention that as of
the end of May 2007 there had been reports of approximately 14 000
cases. This present report gives an increase in 6000 cases during the
past month. In that prior posting, there was mention that there was
an increase in DEN 1 virus activity in the country, a serotype that
had not been prevalent for some time, suggesting that there was a
large pool of susceptibles in the countries. Information was not
provided on the number of deaths, but according to the above
newswire, the number of deaths this year is greater than that
reported for the same period in 2006.
A good map of Viet Nam with provinces can be found at: