VIENTIANE, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Lao Ministry of Health urged people nationwide to remain vigilant and help control the spread of dengue fever, as the number of infected cases continues to grow across the country.
A report issued by the Center of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health on Thursday said the country reported 10 new cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections to 670.
The highest number of dengue patients, or 116 cases, was reported in the Lao capital Vientiane, with 97 cases in Oudomxay province, and 64 cases in Khammuan province.
Lao Ministry of Health suggested several simple measures as the most effective method of dengue control, which are being practiced by households across the region.
These measures include closing and sealing all unused containers, flushing out all water vessels, placing the mosquito larvae-eating guppy fish in water jars, and cleaning areas around homes.
Lao health authorities advise that if people fall ill, they should suspect that dengue may be the cause of their illness and get a blood test at a hospital.
The ministry also advised local authorities to closely monitor and educate communities so that they understand the dangers of the disease and take active preventive steps.