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Binh Phuoc (VNA) – The southern province of Binh Phuoc has recorded 973 malaria cases in the first half of the year, up by 66 percent year-on-year, including one death, reported by the provincial Department of Health on July 16.

The cases were mostly found in the districts of Phu Rieng, Hon Quan, Bu Dop, Loc Ninh, Bu Dang and Bu Gia Map, and Binh Long town. In particular, Bu Gia Map discovered 666 cases, accounting for 68.5 percent of the total, much higher than the 349 cases recorded in the same period last year.

This spike in diagnosed cases has been attributed to the prolonged rainy season in the area, as well as a rise in infections for those over the age of 15.

The provincial health sector will work to prevent malaria, especially in ethnic minority areas and communities near forests, lakes, and rivers.

It will also strengthen supervision over the discovery and treatment of malaria cases in district-level hospitals and commune-level medical stations. Public awareness of malaria prevention and control will also be raised, particularly of methods involving anti-mosquito sprays, hanging mosquito nets, long-sleeve clothing, and necessity of medical help once infected.-VNA