Laos Dengue Epidemic Has Claimed 36 Lives This Year: WHO

by VR Sreeraman on  August 21, 2010 at 12:05 PM Dengue News
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Mosquito-borne dengue fever has killed 36 people in Laos this year, the worst epidemic in at least five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.

"It's a big epidemic year for dengue here," WHO epidemiologist Hannah Lewis told AFP from Laos.
 Laos Dengue Epidemic Has Claimed 36 Lives This Year: WHO
Laos Dengue Epidemic Has Claimed 36 Lives This Year: WHO

She said that in the last five years the highest annual number of reported deaths was 22, with about 10 to 15 deaths the norm.

However, Lewis said there appeared to be no particular cause for the increase, and that dengue epidemics were cyclical.

The last severe epidemic in Laos was seven years ago, she said, adding that "many other countries in the region also have this same pattern."

The communist government has been taking appropriate measures, including prevention, fumigation, education and clinical training, she said.

Laos, with about seven million people, is one of Asia's poorest nations.

Source: AFP

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