VIENTIANE, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Ministry of Health reported 47 new cases of dengue fever, but no new death from the disease have been reported since Sept. 21.
Dengue cases in Laos have risen to 7,911 with 12 deaths since January, according to a report from the ministry on Thursday.
The highest number of dengue patients were reported in the capital Vientiane at 1,798 with four deaths, while 920 cases and two deaths were reported in Bolikhamxay province, and 740 cases were reported in Bokeo province.
Lao health authorities urged 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 fever is one of the fastest emerging infections 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