A health staff is spraying mosquitoe-killing chemical in a high-risk area in Dak Lak province. (Source: VNA)

Dak Lak (VNA) – Central Highlands provinces have been urged to increase efforts to curb the spread of dengue fever as the number of patients in the region has risen to 6,038, including four dead, a 15-fold increase from 2015, according to t he National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE)’s office in Central Highlands.

Dak Lak province has the most reported cases with 2,181, including one dead.

Gia Lai reported 2,157 cases and Kon Tum reported 1,400 cases, including two dead.

According to reports from relevant agencies, dengue fever has grown strongly in the Central Highlands due to weather helping the growth of mosquitoes carrying dengue fever.

The Central Highlands NIHE office recommended the health sector to coordinate with localities to check and zone off residential areas with the most patients to spray mosquito-killing chemicals.

Provinces and cities were urged to spread information and call on locals to clear bushes, dredge ditches and collect garbage.

Locals were recommended locals to take measures to kill mosquitoes, including wearing long-sleeved clothes and using mosquitoe net, while sleeping to minimise the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

They were advised to immediately go to the health centres for treatment if experiencing dengue fever symptoms.-VNA