VIENTIANE, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- A total of 13 people died from dengue fever across Laos in 2020, according to a report from the Lao Ministry of Health.
According to the latest report from the Center of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health, Lao capital Vientiane recorded the highest number of dengue patients at 1,912, representing over 23 percent of infections in the country.
The 13 deaths included four in Vientiane, two each in Bolikhamxay and Khammuan, and one each in Xayaboury, Xieng Khuang, Savannakhet, Phongsaly, and Oudomxay.
The Lao Ministry of Health advised that every family should drain water that collects in jars, vases and dishes, and should cover such containers to prevent more water from filling them up.
If people fall ill, they should suspect that dengue may be the cause of their illness and get a blood test at a hospital, according to the report.
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