Dengue fever has already killed 74 people in Laos

Published on July 24, 2013

Dengue fever has already killed 74 people in Laos out of more than 23,000 people who have been contracted the virus

Dengue fever has already killed 74 people in Laos out of more than 23,000 people who have been contracted the virus in the year until Thursday the 18th of July. According to Health official, it is hoped that heavy rain this week should wash the larvae way, reducing the number of mosquitoes and stabilising the number of patients.

In Vientiane alone, there were more than 3,000 people infected with dengue, resulting in 17 fatalities. According to a Health official, the number of patients and deaths continues to rise, and people from all walks of life are urged to remove the breeding sources of the mosquitoes. It is hoped that heavy rain this week should wash the larvae way, reducing the number of mosquitoes and stabilising the number of patients.

Health officials, the most effective way to fight against dengue is to destroy the breeding source of mosquitoes every week. This includes regularly emptying containers that collect standing water around the house, such as jars, tins and old tyres, and also clearing any thick bush nearby.

People should avoid being bitten while taking daytime naps by sleeping under a mosquito net. Insecticide sprays can also be used to keep rooms mosquito-free. It is also advised people who are falling ill to go and see the doctors instead of buying medicine from the pharmacy and treating themselves. People should think of dengue fever instead of the common cold if they fall ill at this time of the year.

The media also urged to continue the campaign against dengue fever to make sure that the public follow the Ministry of Health’s advice by removing the breeding sources of mosquitoes.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English