A worker fumigates an area to prevent mosquitoes (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi has continued to apply measures to prevent and control the spread of common diseases, especially dengue fever which is currently in its peak season.

As part of efforts to guard against the outbreak of disease, the city’s steering committee on epidemic prevention and control has directed districts and towns to strengthen measures against dengue fever and closely manage any new cases.

The committee asked localities across the city to build plans to clean up the environment, destroy mosquito larvae and spray anti-mosquito chemicals, while mobilising locals to cooperate with authorised agencies in the efforts.

At the same time, the city has strengthened communications among the community on measures to prevent dengue fever.

The municipal Department of Health reported 955 dengue fever cases so far this year in 261 communes, wards, and townships across 30 districts, a sharp drop of 96.8 percent compared to the same period in 2017.

The department clarified that from September 17-23, the city recorded 136 dengue fever cases, adding that the disease’s peak spreading season spans from September to November.

Meanwhile, drastic measures against the disease have been carried out across the city, especially the high-risk districts of Cau Giay, Dong Da, Hoang Mai, and Nam Tu Liem.

Also during September 17-23, Hanoi recorded 12 measles cases and 46 people suffering from hand-foot-and-mouth disease. So far this year, the city has seen 389 measles cases and 1,586 hand-foot-and-mouth disease patients across 30 districts, however no major outbreak was recorded. –VNA