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Ministry stresses need for correct treatment of dengue

Health officials and medical staff have been advised to make sure that all dengue patients closely follow the treatment plan provided by doctors to ensure that they recover from the illness.
President of the Paediatrics Association of Laos, and a member of the dengue control and prevention team under the Ministry of Health, Associate Prof. Dr Khampe Phongsavath, on Saturday talked to the media about the treatment of dengue.

He said anyone with a fever and two or more of the following symptoms should urgently visit a health professional.
The symptoms to watch out for are nausea, vomiting, rash, and generalised aches and pains. A blood test will be carried out and a diagnosis given.
This year health officials are faced with the highest number of dengue fever cases in several years.
Dr Khampe said he wanted to give advice to people so that they were properly informed about ways to protect themselves against the dengue virus.
The Ministry of Health has been advising everyone to take specific steps to keep dengue at bay, since an unusual number of cases started to be reported in January. All provinces have set up special taskforces to engage the public in efforts to prevent and control the disease.
Director of the ministry’s Healthcare and Rehabilitation Department, Assoc. Prof. Dr Bounnack Saysanasongkham, said the ministry is encouraging everyone to make sure that all stagnant water is removed, in order to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding. 
The ministry is also stressing the need for correct diagnoses of dengue to be made and effective treatment to be administered.
As of August 3,20,388 people had been diagnosed with dengue fever and 48 had died, the ministry’s Communicable Disease Control Department reported. 
Twelve of the deaths occurred in Vientiane, 17 in Savannakhet province, five in Champassak, four in Saravan, four in Khammuan, one in Xayaboury, and two in Borikhamxay province.
 According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), global warming and climate change will increase vector-borne diseases like dengue.
A report on climate change and health published by the WHO says that in the last 100 years the world has warmed by about 0.75 degrees Celsius. Over the last 25 years, the rate of global warming has accelerated, at over 0.18 degrees Celsius per decade.
Dengue has become the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. It is estimated to cause more than 50 million infections and around 15,000 deaths every year across more than 100 countries. Infection can range from a mild flu-like fever to the potentially fatal severe form of dengue, which particularly affects individuals who are exposed to one of the four different strains of the virus as a secondary infection.


By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update August 6, 2019)

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