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    Dengue continues skyrocketing in HCMC [Vietnam latest news - Thanh Nien Daily]
    Dengue continues skyrocketing in HCMC

    Cases of dengue fever have surged over the last year and health officials say the dreaded disease is now showing greater complications. Dengue fever in Ho Chi Minh City has increased dramatically this year with more than 10,000 cases and five deaths reported so far, according to the HCMC Preventive Health Center.

    Now, 242 out of around 320 wards and communes in the city have reported outbreaks of the disease.

    Nguyen Tran Chinh, director of the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases said last month they admitted 1,000 adults and 532 children with dengue ? nearly a 300 percent increase compared to the previous year.

    This month, 1,164 more patients have been hospitalized while last October, 716 were admitted.

    More than 100 in-patients were undergoing treatment at the hospital on Wednesday night.

    Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Loan of the hospital?s Pediatrician Department A said 42 children were currently being treated for dengue and seven to eight of them were in danger of going into shock.

    Since the department has just 38 beds, two to three patients have to share a single bed while some even have to sleep on the floor or along corridors when the department is overcrowded.

    ?Sometimes it looks like a refugee camp,? Loan said.

    The hospital?s Pediatrician Department B specializes in treating patients with blood poisoning (septicemia), but has now had to admit dengue fever patients as the dengue department is overloaded, said nurse Le My Tien.

    Tran Thi Thuy, deputy head of Children Hospital No. 2?s Infectious Disease Department, said on Thursday that since the end of November 2007, they have admitted 718 children, a 20 percent year-on-year increase.

    Eighty percent of patients were from HCMC, mainly District 2 and the suburban districts of Thu Duc, Go Vap and Binh Thanh.

    The department admits between 30 and 60 patients per day, Thuy said. Each day there are between 100 and 130 in-patients, of which 10-12 percent are in critical condition.

    On Wednesday, 15 children with dengue were listed in critical conditional the hospital. Some also had to share beds.

    Dr. Phan Tu Quy of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases? Pediatric Recuperation Department said within the first three weeks of this month they admitted 50 children suffering shock due to dengue.

    Last month the department admitted 86 similar cases.

    More complications
    The signs and symptoms of dengue fever patients are also showing more complications than before, according to doctors.

    More patients are listed in critical condition and are suffering longer bouts of fever ? up to 10 days in some cases. Bloody diarrhea, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, and problems with the liver, kidneys and brain are other symptoms cropping up in greater numbers than before.

    Lam Thi My, deputy head of Children Hospital No. 1?s Dengue Fever Department, said numbers of dengue patients had never been so high at this time of the year before. Recently, babies less than three months old have also been coming in with dengue fever, said My.

    According to the HCMC Preventive Health Center, efforts to curb the disease from June to August have been largely ineffective.

    Until September 25, 2008, more than 56,100 cases of dengue fever and 52 deaths had been reported nationwide, the Ministry of Health reported.

    While the number of cases nationally has decreased by 22 percent and deaths have decreased by 15 percent year-on-year, 13 provinces and cities have suffered from greater outbreaks than in previous years.

    The southern provinces of Ca Mau and Binh Phuoc and the central province of Nghe An are among the localities with the highest rates, including deaths.

    Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, vice chairwoman of the HCMC People?s Committee, has ordered local agencies to take better measures to reduce the incidence of dengue.

    Other epidemics
    This month, epidemics of other diseases have also seen an increase nationwide, said Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Administration of Preventive Medicine and Environment on Thursday.

    Acute diarrhea and cholera have hit the central provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa, increasing the number of affected individuals to 4,667 this year, of which nearly 800 were cholera cases.

    Fatal encephalitis and meningitis caused by food poisoning, meanwhile, are also on the increase.In the north, the number of children hospitalized with other diseases has also skyrocketed, Nga said.

    The Vietnam National Hospital of Pediatrics sees nearly 1,500 children per day. Two-thirds are diagnosed with viral fever, pneumonia or respiratory inflammation.

    Source: TT, SGGP
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    Dengue fever hits 500 a week in City


    HCM CITY ? City authorities are calling on the public to increase vigilance and take protective measures against dengue fever as the number of new cases rises during a period of the year when it usually falls.

    More than 10,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in the city so far this year, including five fatalities.

    Le Truong Giang, deputy director of the city?s Health Department said there were more than 500 new cases being reported each week, mainly in the districts of Tan Binh, Thu Duc and Binh Thanh.

    "Years ago, most patients were children under 15 years old. This year, 30 per cent of the patients are adults," Giang said.

    "Adults accounted for 50 per cent of the patients in Thu Duc suburban District."

    Giang said the city people have paid little attention to the disease.

    "Most people have not even allowed medical workers to spray mosquito pesticides inside their houses," he said. Giang doubted that a new strain of dengue fever had appeared in some regions in HCM City.

    The city?s Tropical Diseases Hospital on Monday received 93 dengue fever patients with three adults and seven children in critical condition.

    "Most adults under treatment at the hospital suffered from haemorrhaging in teeth and stomach," said Nguyen Thi Dung, deputy head of the hospital?s Infectious Diseases Department.

    "Several patients suffered fever but did not know that these were signs of dengue fever. They bought antipyretic at pharmacies to reduce the fever," Dung said. "They only came to the hospital when their fever increased, coupled with vomiting."

    Dengue fever, a tropical disease, is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying the virus, and never between humans. Its symptoms include high fever, rash, and severe head and joint aches. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are also common.

    Crowded hospitals

    The 70-bed Dengue Fever Department of Children?s Hospital 1 is crowded these days. Over 160 children were receiving treatment at the department with many beds being shared by two or three patients.

    Of 166 inpatients at the Children?s Hospital 2?s Infectious Diseases Department this week, 102 had been diagnosed with dengue fever and many of them in critical condition.

    "Many children are only brought to hospitals when the disease worsens into dengue haemorrhagic fever," Huynh Trong Dan of the department said.

    Dan said dengue fever cases usually dropped at this time of the year.

    About 60,000 people around the country have been affected with dengue fever so far this year with 52 fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health. ? VNS


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