VIENTIANE, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Dengue cases in Laos have reached 2,345 with seven deaths since January, Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Thursday.
The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 531, while 313 cases were reported in Vientiane province, and 268 cases were reported in Bolikhamxay province.
The seven deaths included three in Lao capital Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay, and one each in Khammuan and Xayaboury province.
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.
Lao Ministry of Health will continue to work closely with central and provincial health departments to follow up on trends in dengue transmission and encourage the clearing of mosquito breeding sites, 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 also seeing high incidences. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. Enditem