Dengue infections continue to rise in Laos

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-14 17:25:46|Editor: huaxia

VIENTIANE, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Ministry of Health reported two new confirmed cases of dengue fever in Laos on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 45 since the beginning of 2021.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 19, while six cases were reported in Attapeu and Sekong, and five cases were reported in Luang Prabang province, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, deputy director general of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Lao Ministry of Health, told a press conference on Thursday.

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 is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, with Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore also seeing high incidence. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. Enditem