Dengue Fever Causes 100K Hospitalizations, 100 Deaths in Vietnam Annually

Dengue fever continues to be a significant public health issue in Vietnam, causing 100,000 hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths annually, with many cases involving children, said Deputy Minister of Health Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Huong.

Ms. Huong made the statement at a conference on inter-sectoral cooperation in dengue fever prevention and control, held as part of the ASEAN Dengue Day initiative.

The Ministry of Health highly appreciates the support from various levels, sectors, socio-political organizations, and international friends in dengue fever prevention and control efforts, she said, hoping for continued close cooperation, increased exchange, and sharing of experiences.

At the conference, representatives from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) provided updates on the development of dengue vaccines. They noted that several vaccines are under research and development, with two vaccines, CYD-TDV and TAK-003, having received prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) and approval for use in several countries. The Vietnamese health ministry has licensed TAK-003 for circulatlop8lkion in the country.

In 2024, Vietnam has reported 30,265 cases of dengue fever and three deaths. Compared to the same period in 2023, this represents a reduction of over 30% in the number of cases and a decrease of six in the number of deaths.

(Suc Khoe Doi Song)