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In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Laos, health officials are reminding the public not to let their guard down in the prevention of dengue fever despite the end of rainy season in the country.

On Friday, the Centre of Information and Education for Health reported 154 new dengue cases, bringing the cumulative total to 28,365 and 21 deaths.

Half the cases have been reported in the capital city of Vientiane (14,232).

The Hygiene and Health Promotion Department of the Ministry of Health’s director general, Dr. Phonepaseuth Ounaphom said, “People must continue to exercise caution in October and November. Although the rainy season has ended, it doesn’t mean that water lying in old tires and other empty containers will dry up immediately. People should still check for and remove any water that is lying around their houses.”

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Dr. Phonepaseuth also advised people to sleep under mosquito nets to protect themselves from mosquito bites, and frequently use mosquito repellent as another precautionary measure. He said that shrubs around houses should also be pruned to ensure that they don’t serve as hiding places for mosquitoes.

Health officials insist that if people follow the “Ha Por” Dengue safe practices, which include sealing containers, emptying all water vessels, keeping Guppy fish in large jars of water, and sanitizing residential areas, they will be at a much lower risk to contract Dengue fever.