In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Laos in 2022, the Centre of Information and Education for Health with the Ministry of Health reports through September 20, 25,181 total dengue cases have been reported.
The capital city of Vientiane reports the most cases with 12,739 cases.
The country has seen 18 deaths, unchanged since our last report at the beginning of the month.
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.