Dengue fever cases in Laos rise

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VIENTIANE, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Laos reported 80 new confirmed cases of dengue fever countrywide, bringing the total number of infections to 2,564, with most of the cases occurring in Lao capital Vientiane.

Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Tuesday that 2,564 people had been diagnosed with dengue fever and seven deaths had been recorded since January.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 584, while 329 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.

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. Enditem

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