DHF kills 5, infects 383 in Yangon Region as of 11 July


Five people died, and 383 others were infected by Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) in Yangon region over six months of 2020, according to the official figure released by the Ministry of Health and Sports. DHF is highly reported especially in Htantabin, Dagon Myothit (South), Shwepyitha, Taikkyi and Dala townships in Yangon Region. From January to 11 July, Yangon region saw 39 infected patients with two deaths in Htantabin, 29 patients in Dagon Myothit (South), 17 patients with one death in Shwepyitha, 15 patients with one death in Taikkyi and 15 patients in Dala townships.
In five months of 2020, Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions and Mon State are the most affected areas of DHF in the country. From 1 January to 30 May, a total of 1,480 DHF infection cases were recorded across the country, claiming 11 deaths.
Yangon region saw 24 DHF cases in Dagon Myothit (South), 16 cases each in Htantabin and Shwepyitha, 15 cases in Hlinethaya, 14 cases in Dala, 11 cases in Dagon Myothit (North) Townships, 10 cases each in Thingangyun and Insein, 8 cases in Thanlyin and 7 cases in North Okkalapa as of 16 May.
The figures showed that children aged between five and nine are mostly infected by the dengue virus. Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito and mostly occurs in the rainy season from June to August in the country. People are warned to take preventive measures against DHF transmission which is caused by lack of sanitation and unhygienic water storage. —Zin Yaw Aye (Translated by Hay Mar)

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