Laos records 139 new cases of dengue fever

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VIENTIANE, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Laos reported 139 new confirmed cases of dengue fever countrywide, bringing the total number of infections to 2,484.

As of Monday, 2,484 people had been diagnosed with dengue fever and seven deaths were recorded, Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Monday.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 558, while 321 cases were reported in Bolikhamxay province, and 317 cases were reported in Vientiane 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

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