Localities in the central province of Thua Thien- Hue are facing increased cases of malaria, due primarily to imported infections from neighbouring Laos, according to the provincial Centre of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology.

In 2014 there were 103 malaria patients in the province, as many as 100 of whom worked outside the locality and carried their infection home.

Reports also revealed that malaria parasite incidences reduced from 81 to 78, but the rate of imported exotic parasites reached about 96 percent.

To deal with these issues, the provincial health sector has asked the community, and especially those who work in malaria-affected areas, to take preventive measures such as sleeping under a mosquito net and using mosquito repellent.

The province has also urged relevant agencies in collaboration with border guards to keep a close watch on controlling cross-border malaria infections.

As of 2014, Vietnam had reduced its malaria cases by 90 percent and malaria deaths by nearly 96 percent from 2000.

The health ministry said the country reported only six malaria fatalities and no outbreaks in 2014. Vietnam targets to completely eradicate the disease by 2030.-VNA