More than 670 DHF cases reported in Yangon in five months

Writer: 
Ei Thinzar Kyaw
A man fumigates a house in Tamwe Township. (Photo-Kyi Naing)

 

During the first five months of this year, the reported number of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) cases has reached more than 670 in Yangon region. The DHF transmission has been on the rise as the monsoon season has set in, according to Yangon Region Public Health Department.

There were 671 reported DHF cases—197 in January, 113 in February, 100 in March, 99 in April and 162 in May.

Yangon region leads the list of DHF transmission every year. Within four months in 2017, the DHF transmission rate was quadrupled. The department is taking preventive measures against DHF transmission in wards with the highest numbers of DHF. DHF transmission becomes an endemic at an interval of one year or two years. The DHF outbreaks are reported mostly in wards with high population density. The townships with the highest number of DHF transmission are: Hlaingtharyar, four Dagon Myothit Townships, Dalla, Thaketa, Mayangon and Hlaing.

According to the figures collected from January to May 6, there were 10 DHF cases in Nay Pyi Taw, one in Kachin, 31 in Sagaing, eight in Bago, 31 in Mahway, 103 in Mandalay, 421 in Yangon, 85 in Ayeyarwady, 119 in Mon, 22 in Rakhine and nine in Shan. One death was reported in Ayeyarwady.

In the past, the DHF transmission rate among children under 15 was high. Now the DHF transmission cases are reported among the youths aged above 15 and the people aged between 40 and 80. Now the DHF cases are reported in rural areas.

In a bid to reduce the rising number of DHF transmission, Public Health Department under Ministry of Health and Sports is taking preventive measures against DHF occasionally in construction sites in cooperation with Yangon City Development Committee.