Lao gov't reminds public to remain vigilant against dengue

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VIENTIANE, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lao Ministry of Health has urged people countrywide to remain vigilant and help control the spread of dengue fever, as the number of infected cases across the country continues to rise.

According to a report from Lao Ministry of Health on Wednesday, a total of 5,781 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever and 11 deaths have been recorded.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 1,338 with four deaths, while 680 cases and two deaths were reported in Bolikhamxay province, and 606 cases were recorded in Vientiane province.

Lao Ministry of Health suggested five simple measures as the most effective method of dengue control which is being practiced by households across the region.

These measures consist of closing and sealing all unused containers, flushing out all water vessels, placing small guppy fish in water jars as these eat mosquito larvae, cleaning areas around homes, and remembering to do these four tasks each week.

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 incidence. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years. Enditem

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