Spraying mosquito chemical repellent (Source: VNA)
Dengue fever could linger in Hanoi until the end of November and even into December if drastic measures are not taken soon.

According to the municipal Preventive Health Centre, the only way to prevent dengue is to kill Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and their larvae, since there is still no vaccine against the disease.

The centre’s Director, Nguyen Nhat Cam, stressed the need for joint efforts from all local residents to contain the disease.

Those suffering from high fevers for at least two days, headaches and pain have been warned to seek medical check-ups for timely treatment.

Statistics from the municipal Health Department revealed that as of September 30, the capital city had seen 3,028 dengue cases and no fatalities.

The city has carried out more than 745 campaigns to kill larvae and 74 initiatives to spray mosquito chemical repellent.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever is contracted through bites from dengue-infected mosquitoes, causing headaches, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands, vomiting and rashes. There is no medication to treat the disease, only to ease the symptoms.

The disease is currently at its peak in Vietnam, with 25 deaths and 40,000 confirmed dengue cases. Ho Chi Minh City has the highest number of patients with 9,000.-VNA