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Fourteen fatalities recorded last year as dengue fever bites

Fourteen people died in a nationwide outbreak of dengue fever in early 2017 with the capital having the most cases last year.
So far this year, there have not been any reported any deaths recorded, according to the Communicable Disease Control Department.
The update was reported at the meeting to summarise the work of the Ministry of Health over the past year and discuss the plans for 2018 in Vientiane on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Health, Assoc Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak, Director General of the Communicable Disease Control Department under the Ministry of Health, Dr Lattanaxay Phetsouvanh, the World Health Organisation representative to Laos, Dr Juliet Fleischl, and health officials.
According to a report from the Communicable Disease Control Department, in 2017, some 5,584 cases of dengue fever including the 14 deaths were recorded around the country with 16 of the nation’s 18 provinces reporting cases.
In 2016, there were 5,618 cases of dengue fever around the country with ten deaths, according to the department.
In 2017, Vientiane had 4,550 cases with two deaths.
Meanwhile, Champassak and Savannakhet reported three deaths each, two deaths in Khammuan and one death each in Borikhamxay, Xayaboury, Saravan and Attapeu. Xieng Khuang, Xaysomboun and Huaphan had not reported any outbreaks in 2017 or since.
Speaking at the meeting, Associate Assoc Prof. Dr Phouthone Muongpak said the work of prevention and control of dengue fever is a priority work of the Ministry of Health. The ministry allocates a budget to undertake activities to prevent and control the mosquito that spreads the fever.
“Dengue fever has been recorded around the country with 14 people reportedly killed, and this number is still too high.
“For prevention and control the dengue this year we have to share experience for implementation to prevent dengue.”
Last year, health officials focused on prevention and control of dengue fever, surveillance, analysis, clearing of potential mosquito breeding sites and campaigns for health education.
This year, health authorities are urging people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help curb the spread of the virus.
Officials and local health authorities will concentrate promoting the regular emptying of containers that collect standing water, and the clearing of any undergrowth around homes.
Every family should throw out water that collects in jars, vases and dishes and should cover such vessels to prevent more water filling them up.
Schools, hospitals, factories, hotels, restaurants, tourist facilities and offices should organise cleaning activities to remove any sources of stagnant water to slow mosquito breeding.
Dengue is an infectious tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes and characterised by rashes, severe headaches, and pain in the joints.
The mosquitoes doing the damage are the Aedesaegypti and Aedesalbopictus species.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
February 23,

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