The Vietnamese Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health reported Monday that from Jan. through August of this year, 25,000 dengue fever cases have been reported. Of this total, 16 deaths have occurred.

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This is an increase of more than double the number of cases seen last summer.

Cities in both the north and south provinces have seen an increase in dengue, which has coincided with the rainy season in Vietnam.

In Hanoi, the number of dengue cases reported to date (1,300) is three times the number in 2014, and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) hospitals are among places with the highest number of patients, along with facilities in Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Nguyen Minh Tuan, head of the dengue fever faculty at the Children’s Hospital No.1 in HCMC said, “The number of patients is rising so fast, both at my hospital and around the country.”

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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