The Laos ministry of health issued a warning this week as the trend of weekly reporting of dengue fever is increasing. According to Vientiane Times report, health officials have advised people throughout the country to clear potential mosquito breeding sites as the current outbreak of dengue fever has claimed 27 lives and 11,561 people have contracted the virus so far this year. Most of the infections and deaths were recorded in the capital, Vientiane, and the southern provinces, says the report.
Dengue infects nearly 400 million people across more than 120 countries each year. Most survive with few or no symptoms but more than two million annually develop what can be a dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever, which kills more than 25,000 people each year.
For more information, dengue viruses are arboviruses (arthropod-borne virus) that are transmitted primarily to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. However, some of the possible ways to prevent against it is through the use of treated mosquito net and clearing their breeding sites.