Over 3,000 dengue cases, 12 deaths recorded nationwide since January

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Health workers fumigate classroom to kill mosquitoes that spread dengue fever. Photo: Thakayta Township Health Department

In the six months since January, 3,144 cases of dengue fever and 12 deaths have been reported across the nation. Of the total number of deaths, 8 have been recorded in Yangon Region, according to the region’s Public Health Department.
Between January and mid-June, Yangon Region reported 734 cases of the mosquito-borne disease, the highest number of dengue cases in the country.

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In 2018, there were 3,649 dengue cases and 25 deaths in Yangon Region.
“When we conducted a survey on dengue deaths in 2018, we found that over 60 per cent of the patients had received medical treatment at private clinics one day after they caught the fever,” said Dr. Tun Myint, the Deputy Director-General of the Yangon Region Public Health Department. He called for cooperation from private clinics in providing timely information about dengue cases to reduce the incidence of the disease in the region.
He urged medical superintendents of hospitals to release the required directives to allow collection of information on dengue cases from private clinics.
The ministry, along with other concerned ministries, will carry out a campaign to fumigate, and remove and clean water to prevent larvae from breeding and to educate the people.
Dengue fever mostly occurs in the months of June, July, and August in the rainy season.

By Aye Yamone (Translated by TTN)

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