Vientiane dengue fever rates higher this year: authorities

Health authorities in the capital have admitted that the outbreak of dengue fever is higher this year compared to the same period in 2016. From January 1-24 this year, 70 dengue fever infections have been recorded in Vientiane, while in the same period last year there were no reports of any outbreaks, Head of Epidemiology Division under the Vientiane Health Department, Dr. Chanthalay Sayavong said. The news comes with 12 out of 18 provinces in the country reporting dengue fever at alarming epidemic levels though no deaths have been recorded from a total of 235 reported cases following a nationwide outbreak this year. However, the six provinces of Bokeo, LuangNamtha, Xaysomboun, Phongsaly, Huaphan and Xieng Khuang have not reported any outbreaks, the health official confirmed.

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