Laos: Dengue cases surging up as 9 confirmed dead; only one Covid-19 patient left


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  • Friday, 07 Aug 2020

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VIENTIANE, Aug 8 (Xinhua): A total of 4,455 cases of dengue fever have been recorded across the country since January, according to a report from the Laos Ministry of Health.

The dengue fever has caused nine death, Centre of Information and Education for Health under Laos Ministry of Health reported in a press release on Thursday.

The highest number of dengue patients is reported in the Laos capital Vientiane with 1,017, while 523 cases were recorded in Bolikhamxay province, and 457 in Vientiane province.

The nine deaths included four in Lao capital Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay, and one each in Khammuan, Xayaboury and Xieng Khuang provinces.

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

According to the World Health Organization, 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.

Meanwhile, the last Covid-19 patient in laos was tested negative for the virus in the first round testing, according to health official.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, told a press conference in Laos capital Vientiane that the patient's health improved significantly and had tested negative for the virus in the first round testing.

The patient will be permitted to return home if he tests negative for the second round, he added.

The last Covid-19 patient is a 32-year-old man from South Korea, who was confirmed as the country's 20th case of the virus and treated in designated hospital Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) since July 24.

laos announced its first two confirmed Covid-19 cases on March 24. - Xinhua
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