Lao govt continues to monitor inbound travelers amid Covid-19 and dengue issues

VIENTIANE, March 5 (Xinhua): The Lao government continues to closely monitor people entering the country in efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Some 3,242 people entered Laos through international border checkpoints on Wednesday with their body temperatures checked, Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health Phonepaserd Sayamoungkhoun told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday.

A total of 2,302 people have been quarantined at 32 accommodation centers across the country, said Phonepaserd.

The Lao government has warned people countrywide and relevant authorities not to neglect containment and preventive measures to prevent a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Phonepaserd added that the country remains at risk of facing a second wave of the disease as confirmed cases in the region and around the world keep rising.

As of Thursday, Laos has tested 115,456 suspected cases with 45 cases tested positive, and 42 patients have recovered.

Laos reported its first two confirmed Covid-19 cases on March 24 last year.

Meanwhile, the dengue cases in Laos have reached 131 since January, according to a report from the Lao Ministry of Health.

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, according to a report by the ministry's Centre of Information and Education for Health on Thursday.

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 report.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections. The number of cases in the western Pacific region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. - Xinhua
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