Health officials in Hanoi, Vietnam are ramping up preventive measures to protect against mosquito borne diseases like dengue fever as numbers have increased in the city, according to Vietnam News report Friday.


As of April 2017, Hanoi has recorded 563 dengue fever cases in 173 communes, wards and towns of 26 districts, an increase of 45 per cent against the same period last year, according to the Preventive Health Centre.

The city’s health department is also calling on the community and all families to take actions to maintain environmental sanitation, especially spraying chemicals to kill mosquitoes in high-risk areas.

In addition, the Health Department of Hanoi on June 6 will launch a campaign to clean the environment in response to ASEAN Dengue Day, which is on June 15.

According to the Ministry of Health, 20,947 dengue cases have been reported nationwide, with eight deaths through April.

In 2016 there were 122,020 cases of dengue, including 43 deaths reported in Vietnam.