Laos: Dengue scourge keep rising in the country

  • Laos
  • Saturday, 29 Aug 2020

VIENTIANE, Aug 29 (Xinhua):The Laos Ministry of Health reported 166 new confirmed cases of dengue fever on Friday evening (Aug 28) and one new death from the disease.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Laos capital Vientiane at 1,300, while 654 cases were confirmed in Bolikhamxay province, and 597 cases were detected in Vientiane province.

As of Friday, 5,593 people had been diagnosed with dengue fever and 10 deaths were recorded, according to a press release from Laos Ministry of Health on Friday.

The 10 deaths included four in Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay, and one each in Khammuan, Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang and Savannakhet 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 is one of the fastest emerging infections with Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore also seeing high incidence. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. - Xinhua
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