Dengue fever alert in Vietnam – 24,255 cases, up 23% from last year

Vietnam’s health minister has raised concerns about a spreading dengue outbreak, citing 27 deaths this year and a jump in the number of cases.

The mosquito-borne disease has struck a number of Southeast Asia countries this year, including Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, due to warmer weather and rising rainfall.

The tropical viral fever has killed 27 people, compared with 17 deaths from the fever in the first half of 2006.

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