Officials in Ho Chi Mihn City (HCM City) say that recent increased rainfall has resulted in an increase in the mosquito population in Vietnam’s largest city and the resulting increase in dengue fever.
More than 11,300 dengue cases in the city have been reported this year, an increase of 35 per cent compared to the same period last year and the trend is expected to continue for the next several weeks as Vietnam’s peak dengue season continues through October.
According to local media, Cu Chi District is the hottest spot for dengue infections besides Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, Thu Duc and Binh Thanh districts.
National data on dengue is slow to be revealed with the most recent being published at the end of June. As of 30 June 2016, there were 36,639 cases of dengue including 11 deaths, reported in 44 out of 63 provinces in Viet Nam. This is an increase of 184.7% from same period in 2015 and an increase of 102.7% over the 2011-2015 median.