Laos health authorities report 4,869 total dengue fever cases from the beginning of the year through June 18, according to data from the Center of Information and Education for Health.
Oudomxay province in northwest Laos has seen the most cases with 1,021, while the capital city of Vientiane has reported 378 cases.
Laos reported 29,210 dengue cases in 2022, including 28 deaths.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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