The number of dengue fever cases in Vietnam are up 23 percent during the first nine months of 2016, compared to the same period last year, according to WHO data released this week.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

From Jan. 1 through Sep. 30, there were 79,204 cases of dengue including 27 deaths, reported in 44 out of 63 provinces in Viet Nam.

Compared to the median of the 2011-2015 periods, the cumulative number of cases has increased by 96.1%.

While total cases are increased in 2016, the number of dengue related fatalities are down slightly compared to last year.

Concerning Zika virus infection in Vietnam, news reports note that the case tally has reached 136 confirmed cases nationally through Monday.

Eighty-eight percent (119) of the cases in the country were reported in Ho Chi Minh City. Zika infection has been reported from 10 provinces since the virus was first reported in April.

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