(Bloomberg) -- Vietnam’s commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, battling a surge in dengue fever, reported 25 deaths for the year as of this week, the highest in a decade.

The spread of the disease shows no sign of easing, said Tang Chi Thuong, head of the city’s health department, according to a post on the website of Vietnam’s health ministry. The city had reported five dengue deaths during the same year-ago period. 

More than 62,000 dengue cases have been reported in the city this year through early October, a 7-fold surge from a year earlier, according to the city’s Center for Diseases Control. Seventy-five percent of the city’s dengue deaths have been adults, it reported. 

Nationwide, officials recorded 224,771 cases of dengue fever with 92 deaths this year through late September, according to the health ministry. It did not provide comparable data for past years.

In August, Vietnam recorded 62,411 dengue fever cases, a 13.5-fold surge from a year earlier, with 25 deaths, according to the General Statistics Office.

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