Dengue fever cases in Laos rise to 2,345 but govt announce no Covid-19 cases for 82 days


  • Laos
  • Friday, 03 Jul 2020

VIENTIANE, July 2 (Xinhua): Dengue cases in Laos have reached 2,345 with seven deaths since January, Laos Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Friday.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 531, while 313 cases were reported in Vientiane province, and 268 cases were reported in Bolikhamxay province.

The seven deaths included three in Laos capital Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay, and one each in Khammuan and Xayaboury province.

Laos health authorities are encouraging people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.

Laos Ministry of Health will continue to work closely with central and provincial health departments to follow up on trends in dengue transmission and encourage the clearing of mosquito breeding sites, according to the report.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, with Thailand, Laos, The Philippines and Singapore also seeing high incidences.

The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years.

Meanwhile, Laos Ministry of Health reported no new cases of Covid-19 for 82 consecutive days.

Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, deputy director general of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Laos Ministry of Health, told a press conference that no new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in laos for 81 consecutive days.

However, authorities and people countrywide must continue their efforts in implementing preventive measures.

It was essential that every person and all relevant authorities strictly abide by the "new normal" guidelines and rules laid down by the government, Sisavath said.

laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24, and the last patient was discharged on June 9. - Xinhua
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