Dengue cases continue to increase

THE number of dengue fever cases recorded in the country have risen to 144 in the time since January, according to the latest report by the Lao Ministry of Health.

According to the report from Centre of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health yesterday, the world’s most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease has not caused any deaths within the cited period in the South-East Asian country.

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 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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