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Vientiane (VNA)
– Lao Minister of Health Bounkong Syhavong has stressed the need to mobilise more health workers to serve the treatment of dengue fever patients given the fact that Laos is facing the risk of dengue fever outbreaks.

During his recent fact-finding trip to hospitals, the minister advised health workers to educate individuals and communities so that they understand the danger of the disease and take active steps to prevent it.

The public should make sure that all stagnant water is removed in order to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding, Syhavong was cited by Vientiane Times as saying.

The Lao Ministry of Health reported that as of mid-July, 16,000 people in Laos had been diagnosed with dengue fever and 34 died of the disease.

As many as 5,584 dengue fever cases were reported in Laos in 2017, with 14 deaths. 

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known. There is also no specific treatment or vaccine available to prevent deaths.-VNA