YANGON, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar health authorities have been planning to accelerate preventive and control measures against Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever this year, an official from the Public Health Department told Xinhua on Wednesday.
"We have been instructed to take measures against the dengue fever as a national plan to reduce the infection and mortality rates as this year's monsoon season is arriving soon," said Dr. Nay Yi Yi Lin, project manager of Dengue Fever Prevention and Control Program and deputy director of the Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry.
Promoting community awareness activities, rigorous efforts are being made in preventive and control measures in the areas where the dengue fever is mostly detected, especially in Yangon, Mandalay regions and Mon state, she said.
So far, more than 800 mosquito-borne disease infection cases were recorded with three deaths in Myanmar's regions and states this year, she added.
According to the figures from the Health and Sports Ministry, Myanmar reported over 23,000 dengue fever cases with at least 100 deaths last year.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito and mostly occurs in the months of June, July and August of the country's rainy season. Enditem