Epidemics and outbreaks happen very quickly – anywhere and without warning. While advancements in science have equipped us to better handle the flu, Asia’s continued growth in recent years and lack of sufficient infrastructure have made it difficult to handle large scale outbreaks, cope with hospitalisation numbers and contain transmission between individuals. These factors have made it easier for viruses to spread within local communities and across the region, putting everyone at risk.Read more
A form of malaria dubbed, “super malaria,” because of its resistance to standard treatment, has spread to Southeast Asia for the first time creating an alarming global threat.Read more
Over 5,000 people have been infected with dengue virus, with capital Vientiane hard hit with one death, Lao Ministry of Health has reported.Read more
Year-to-date dengue fever infections have increased from 1,760 up to May 31 to 3,000 cases until June 30, along with five deaths being recorded in the country.
Authorities are particularly concerned that dengue has been recorded in the capital at a higher rate than other provinces in the country.
Health authorities say Laos still faces challenges in preventing dengue fever this year, especially with the emergence of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is more severe and life-threatening than other forms of dengue, all of which are spread by the Aedesaegypti mosquito.Read more
Some 171 dengue fever cases, including 69 female victims, have been reported in Vientiane Capital so far this year.Read more