Via Thanh Nien Daily: Vietnam braces for dengue fever surge: officials. Excerpt:
Despite a dip in the number of cases last year, dengue fever infections are expected to surge during the coming rainy months, said Tran Dac Phu, director of the Preventive Health Department.
"More than 10,200 people have been infected with dengue fever in 42 cities and provinces nationwide so far this year and seven were killed by the disease," Phu told a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday about the launch of ASEAN Dengue Fever Day (June 15) in Vietnam.
“Overall, the number of infections has fallen by 42 percent over the last year. But it is expected to significantly increase in June when rains create favorable conditions for the dengue mosquito breeding,” he said.
Phu admitted that government agencies have neither conducted thorough mitigation measures nor properly coordinated to raise public awareness.
“The community is not aware of how to prevent dengue fever and kill mosquito larvae. Many people still have the habit of storing water in open containers, creating breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” he said.