Dengue Fever in Vietnam
13 Aug 2012
An outbreak of dengue fever has been reported from the Mekong delta province of Ben Tre. A total of 1069 cases of dengue fever have been recorded. The worst affected districts of the province are: Ba Tri (216 cases), Binh Dai (158 cases) and Giong Trom (142 cases).
Dong Nai province, also in the south of Vietnam is reporting dengue fever cases in all communes; 3000 cases have been recorded to date. The city of Bien Hoa has recorded 800 cases, Trang Bom district 500 cases and Xuan Loc district 400 cases of dengue fever.
Advice to Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.