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Dengue death toll exceeds 70

Dr. Bounlay Phommasack

Dr. Bounlay Phommasack

(KPL) 74 people throughout Laos have reportedly died of dengue fever as of July 18, with a further 27,900 people suffering from the mosquito-borne virus, an official has said.

Champasack Province has been the hardest hit by dengue with 29 lives claimed and over 3,700 people infected, followed by Vientiane Capital with 17 deaths and over 5,800 infected people reported, according to Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control, Dr. Bounlay Phommasack. Savannakhet ranks second most hard hit by the deadly disease with 9 deaths and over 3,500 infected people.

Dr. Phommasack stated last Friday that measures a re now being put in place for suppressing outbreak of the disease including chemical sprays, destruction of mosquito breeding sites, public education campaigns, and extra training for health workers, especially those working at provincial hospitals and district dispensaries.

This year’s outbreak of dengue fever has been unusually severe, said the doctor, adding that multiple provinces across Laos have been hit by the disease at more or less the same time.

Source: KPL Lao News Agency
By Phouangphayom
July 19, 2013