Laos: Dengue cases rising fast; more than 20,000 tested for Covid-19

  • Laos
  • Monday, 13 Jul 2020

VIENTIANE, July 13 (Xinhua): The Laos Ministry of Health on Monday reported 254 new confirmed cases of dengue fever, with most of the cases occurring in Laos capital Vientiane.

A total of 2,990 people has been diagnosed with dengue fever and eight deaths were recorded, Laos Ministry of Health said in its press release on Monday.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in the Laos capital Vientiane with 625, while 394 cases were reported in Vientiane province, and 348 cases were reported in Bolikhamxay province.

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

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

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

The ministry also said that a total of 20,454 people in laos have received Covid-19 tests since January, according to the Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Laos has conducted 20,454 tests for COVID-19 since January, with 19 of them positive and all of them have been discharged from hospitals, Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Ministry of Health Latsamy Vongkhamsao told a press conference here on Monday.

On Sunday, a total of 1,597 people entered Laos through international border checkpoints. The temperature of each person entering Laos was checked and no one showed signs of fever.

The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced that it has been monitoring 3,679 people at 70 accommodation centres across the country.

The Laos government has warned people countrywide and relevant authorities not to neglect containment and preventive measures.

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