Can Tho steps up measures to prevent dengue fever hinh anh 1A child infected with dengue fever receives treatment (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – Authorities of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have asked the local health sector and relevant agencies to work to prevent the spread of dengue fever in the locality.

The city began a campaign to spray chemicals in all areas with outbreaks in August, which runs until December. The local health sector has also launched communication campaigns to raise public awareness of dengue fever prevention.

In the first nine months of 2017, dengue fever cases in Can Tho rose 66 percent year-on-year while in September alone, the figure jumped 101 percent.

The disease was reported in all nine districts of Can Tho, with the number of dengue cases in Thot Not district in January-September surging 146.8 percent year-on-year.

Can Tho Pediatrics Hospital recorded about 4,000 cases of dengue fever during January – August period.

The number of dengue fever cases has been rising due to the seasonal variation and frequent rains, which help infected mosquitoes spread.-VNA