Laos: Dengue fever cases in country is in the rise again


VIENTIANE, Feb 7 (Xinhua): Dengue cases in Laos have reached 104 since January, according to Lao Ministry of Health.

The Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release that cases of dengue fever in Laos have reached 104 and no death from the virus have been reported since January.

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

Lao 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 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 high incidences. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. - Xinhua
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