WORLD Lao health ministry reports more dengue fever cases

WORLD

Lao health ministry reports more dengue fever cases

Xinhua

19:00, October 19, 2022

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VIENTIANE, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The number of dengue fever cases keeps on growing in Laos and one new death was reported, the Lao Health Ministry said here on Wednesday.

In the last 24 hours, the Lao Ministry of Health reported 128 new confirmed cases of dengue fever and one new death from the disease, according to a report issued by the Center of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, a total of 28,658 people has been diagnosed with dengue fever and 22 deaths were recorded.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 14,351, while 4,105 cases were reported at Luang Namtha, and 1,549 cases were reported in Attapeu province.

The 22 deaths included six each in Lao capital Vientiane and Attapeu, three each in Luang Namtha and Saravan, two in Xieng Khuang, and one each in Sekong and Oudomxay province.

The Lao Health Ministry advised local authorities across the country to educate individuals and communities about dengue fever, so that they understand the dangers of the disease and take active steps to prevent it.

Preventing dengue-carrying mosquitoes from laying eggs by getting rid of stagnant water was the most effective method of dengue control, 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 seeing high incidences.

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