Dengue cases in Laos continue to rise

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VIENTIANE, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) — Cases of dengue fever in Laos have reached 122 since January, according to a report from the Lao Ministry of Health on Friday.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 32, while 30 cases in Attapeu, and 15 cases in Luang Prabang province, according to the report.

The ministry encouraged people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.

According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, with Thailand, Laos, the Philippine 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

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