VIENTIANE, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Dengue cases in Laos have continued to rise, but no new death from the disease have been reported for 37 days.
Deputy director general of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepaserd Sayamoungkhoun, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday that dengue cases in Laos have risen to 7,512 with 12 deaths since January.
The highest number of dengue patients were reported in Lao capital Vientiane at 1,713 with four deaths, while 876 cases and two deaths were reported in Bolikhamxay province, and 706 cases were reported in Bokeo province.
Lao health authorities urged people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.
According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections and is currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, with Thailand, Laos, the Philippines and Singapore also seeing high incidences. The number of cases in the Western Pacific Region has more than doubled over the past 10 years.