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Deputy Director of the Center for Disease Control of Ho Chi Minh City (HCDC) Le Hong Nga warned that the number of dengue fever cases is increasing every week. From now to the end of the year, there may be an outbreak of dengue fever.

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According to statistics of HCDC, in the first 5 months of 2022, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 11,722 cases of  dengue fever , an increase of 66.5% compared to the same period in 2021 with 7,039 cases. The number of severe dengue cases was 209, a seven-fold increase over the same period in 2021.

Dengue fever cases continued to increase in most districts and Thu Duc city, except for District 10. The wards and communes with a higher number of cases compared to the average of 4 weeks ago were Ward 5 (District 8); Tan Thoi Nhat ward (District 12); Phuoc Vinh An commune (Cu Chi district).

Ms. Le Hong Nga said that dengue fever is currently increasing not only in Ho Chi Minh City but also in other provinces and cities, especially the southern provinces. Other countries are also warning of dengue fever. From now until the end of 2022, there may be a big epidemic of dengue if there is no solution, especially after 2 years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, many people do not care about dengue fever.

According to Ms. Nga, the breeding ground of mosquitoes that transmit dengue fever appears everywhere. Mosquitoes can fly and transmit disease within 50m around the breeding site. In particular, the mosquito  is active during the day, so it can spread anywhere.

Nationally, as of 22 May 2022, a total of 36,544 cases of dengue, including 17 deaths were reported in Viet Nam. Compared to the same period in 2021 (26,978 cases including five deaths), the cumulative number of cases increased by 35.5%.