Published Date: 2007-07-02 23:50:00
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Dengue - Viet Nam (08): central provinces
Archive Number: 20070702.2106
DENGUE - VIET NAM (08): CENTRAL PROVINCES
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Mon 2 Jul 2007
Source: Thanh Nien Daily [edited]
Heath agencies in central Viet Nam have reported several dengue fever
outbreaks recently as the disease has struck 27 percent more people
this year  than the same period in 2006.
Among the central region's 11 provinces, the worst hit by dengue are
Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa, and Binh Thuan. Some experts say
recent hot weather and heavy rains are to blame for the abundance of
According to Nguyen Hoang Minh from Binh Dinh General Hospital, the
number of infections has increased nearly 3-fold in 2 weeks. So far
this year , 4 fatalities have been reported in the province and
the hospital is now reporting 30 new cases a day, said Minh. The
disease is still spreading throughout the province and shows no signs
of easing up, he warned.
In Quang Ngai province, well over 300 dengue cases have been reported
this year , a 4-fold increase year-on-year.
The central highlands province of Gia Lai has reported 136 cases over
the same period.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has instructed relevant authorities to
exterminate mosquitoes in affected areas.
According to the Viet Nam Administration of Preventive Medicine, 21
300 people have contracted the disease this year , 23 of them
fatally. This is 27 percent more patients and 7 more deaths than over
the same period last year .
Viet Nam's worst dengue epidemic in recent times occurred in 1998,
when 480 died out of 300 000 cases.
[The newswire above mentions a nationwide count of 21 300 cases with
23 fatal cases, representing an increase in 27 percent from the
number of cases reported during the same period in 2006. In the most
recent PRO/MBDS posting on dengue in Viet Nam from 22 Jun 2007, there
had been "almost 20 000" cases reported (see Dengue - Viet Nam (07)
20070622.2025). Hence, this represents an increase in approximately
1300 cases in less than 2 weeks. In prior postings the discussions
have surrounded the observation that the majority of the cases have
been in the southern region of the country. In this newswire, there
is discussion regarding the significant increase in dengue cases
reported from the central region of the country.
Background data on health indicators in Viet Nam are available on the
Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of the World Health
Organization website at
According to this document, in 2004 there were 78 669 cases of dengue
with 114 deaths reported to WHO. As the dengue season is
theoretically just beginning, this year's  reported cases are
already approximating one third of those reported in 2004.
For maps of Viet Nam with provinces see
<http://www.angelfire.com/co/hongnam/vnmap.html> (this map shows the
3 regions: northern, central, and southern). - Mod.MPP]