In an update on the dengue fever situation in Laos, the Centre of Information and Education for Health reports 21,799 total dengue cases as of September 1.
An additional death was reported since our last report, bringing the total deaths due to dengue to 18.
Laos reported 873 dengue cases in late August 2021.
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.