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21 Oct 2018 | 11:40 PM UTC

Vietnam: Dengue fever outbreak continues in Hanoi /update 1

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Dengue fever outbreak continues in Hanoi despite decrease in new cases; at least 951 cases reported as of mid-October

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh). COUNTRY/REGION Vietnam

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Vietnam: Dengue fever outbreak in Hanoi

Event

Health officials in Hanoi have reported 951 confirmed cases of dengue fever between January 1 and mid-October, representing a 98.5 percent decrease over the number of cases reported during the same period in 2017. Authorities are continuing to implement public health measures, including fumigation campaigns aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, to hinder the further spread of the disease.

Context

Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.

Advice

Individuals in Hanoi are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito netting or in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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