VIENTIANE (Xinhua): Center of Information and Education for Health under the Laos Health Ministry reported 12 new cases of dengue fever nationwide, with one death in northern Xayaboury province.
As of Tuesday (May 12), 1,081 people had been diagnosed with dengue fever across the country and two people have died, Lao News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The highest number of dengue patients were reported in the Lao capital Vientiane at 316 with one death, according to the report.
Lao health authorities are urging 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 Organization, dengue is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, 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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