To date, Vietnam health authorities report 224,771 total dengue fever cases, including 92 deaths across the country since the beginning of the year. This is an increase of 13,383 cases and five deaths reported here 10 days ago.
The South, Central and Central Highlands regions continued to record high numbers of cases and deaths. The northern region in Hanoi has recorded an increase in the number of cases and there have been deaths.
Experts forecast that in the coming time, the number of cases and deaths will continue to be complicated and the number of cases will be high due to the peak of the annual epidemic season from July to November.
In addition, experts warn that reinfection with the dengue virus could make dengue more severe. “In other words, later infections with the virus will make the patient more likely to get worse than the previous infection”, according to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Vu Trung, Director of the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City– dengue is caused by four serotypes of the dengue virus. Secondary dengue virus infection may increase the risk of more severe dengue.