With the Covid-19 pandemic also on the loose globally, the government has advised its people to be vigilant in the fight against the two diseases.
A total of 4,849 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever and nine deaths were recorded since January, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, deputy director general of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Laos Ministry of Health, told a press conference here on Thursday.
The highest number of dengue patients is reported in the capital of Vientiane at 1,129, while 568 cases were recorded in Bolikhamxay, and 549 cases were reported in Vientiane province.
Sisavath advised that every family should throw out water that collects in jars, vases, and dishes and should cover such vessels to prevent more water from filling them up.
If people fall ill, they should suspect that dengue may be the cause of their illness and get a blood test at a hospital.
According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections, 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.
Laos has detected two more confirmed Covid-19 cases, with its total number rising to 22.
Laos Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference in Laos capital Vientiane on Friday night (Aug 14) that the two new cases were both Laos nationals who returned to the country from abroad on Aug. 12.
Both cases, a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, were detected in quarantine centres. They are treated in the designated hospital, Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150). Neither of them is in a serious condition, said Phouthone.
Laos announced its first two Covid-19 confirmed cases on March 24. - Xinhua
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