Lao gov't urges public to stay vigilant against dengue

2021-02-11 16:05:36 GMT2021-02-12 00:05:36(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

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VIENTIANE, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Ministry of Health urged officials and people across the country to stay vigilant and help control the spread of dengue fever.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Sisavath Soutthaniraxay told a press conference here on Thursday that 115 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever since January.

Sisavath 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 they eat mosquito larvae, cleaning areas around homes, and remembering to do these four tasks each week.

If people fall ill, they should suspect that dengue may be the cause of their illness and get a blood test at a hospital, Sisavath added.

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