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Dengue Fever in Laos

04 Sep 2013

As of 14 June 2013, more than 10 000 cases of dengue and 40 deaths had been recorded in Lao. This is seven times more than the number of cases reported for the same period in 2012. By 9 August 2013, cases had increased to almost 35 000 cases with 81 deaths.

On 20 August, funds were allocated to the World Health Organization to reach more than 4.7 million people in the 11 provinces with the highest incidence of dengue.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.