According to the Vietnam Ministry of Health, the whole country recorded 7,350 cases of dengue fever, 1 death in Lam Dong during the past week.
Compared to the previous week, the number of cases decreased by 24%. In which, the number of hospitalizations was 6,048.
Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has seen 354,282 cases and 133 deaths from dengue fever. Compared to the same period in 2021 (70,383/26) the number of cases increased by 5 times, the number of deaths increased by 107 cases.
According to experts, the cold weather of recent is not favorable for mosquitoes to spread the disease, it is forecast that the number of dengue fever cases will decrease gradually in the near future.
However, epidemiologists continue to warn people not to let their guard down with dengue fever even though it’s cold, they need to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health in dengue fever prevention and control.
People with sudden symptoms of high fever, headache, body aches, especially those with epidemiological factors returning from epidemic areas need to go to a medical facility for testing and diagnosis of dengue fever. timely, avoid complications of dengue fever.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Huu Doanh – Director of the Central Hospital of Dermatology, said that currently, the detection rate of new leprosy patients has steadily decreased over the years, but this is still an infectious disease with potential risk of transmission. In 2022, the whole country detected 50 new cases of this disease.
Leprosy is a contagious disease with a long incubation period which can be 5 to 10 years after being exposed to an infectious source.
The main source of transmission of leprosy is through inhalation and skin contact.
When leprosy is detected , right from the first dose of treatment, the source of the disease can be cut off. It is possible to control the spread of the disease.
Therefore, early diagnosis and detection of new leprosy cases is very important. Some typical signs of leprosy such as: Skin lesions change color (white, dark, pink…) or red patches, skin tumors accompanied by disorder/reduced loss/feeling (hot, cold, etc.) , pain, touch), the lesion surface is often dry, glossy. Numbness, loss of feeling in hands and feet.
“Early detection of leprosy patients and immediate treatment will almost cut off the source of infection” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Huu Doanh.
Vietnam has achieved the World Health Organization’s (WHO) leprosy exclusion criteria since 1995 with a prevalence rate of 0.9 per 10,000 population. The United Nations General Assembly also set the example of Vietnam as a leading country in the Pacific region in leprosy prevention.
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