Like many countries in south and southeast Asia this year, Vietnam is reporting increases in the mosquito borne viral disease, dengue fever, in fact the increase is up by the third compared to the same period in 2014.

According to a report by the country’s preventive health department, 54 of the country’s 63 provinces and cities have reported 46,989 cases of dengue this year, 15,141 more than last year, which was a trough in the disease’s regular three-to-five-year cycles.

Thirty people have died this year, 10 more than last year.

The Ministry of Health last Friday launched a campaign in the province to destroy larvae to reduce the incidence of dengue and deaths.


Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC