Dengue kills 48 in 2015, Myanmar

MYANMAR : YANGON — Between January 1 and June 26, 11,267 dengue fever cases were reported in Myanmar, and 48 people have died of the disease across the nation. The rate of infection and death is still increasing, according to the Public Health Department in Nay Pyi Taw.

Ayeyawady Region has suffered the most from the outbreak with 2,362 cases of infection and seven deaths. A total of 1,508 dengue fever cases were reported in Yangon Region, causing 11 deaths, including that of an infant, according to the region’s public health department.

Preventive measures are now being implemented at basic education schools in Yangon Region in cooperating with township level health departments.

In 2013, 4,174 cases of dengue fever and 32 deaths were recorded nationwide, marking a 6-fold increase from 2012 infection levels.

The most recent cases of dengue infection have been reported in Thanlyin, Hline Tharyar, Insein, Dagon (South), Tharkata, Dala and Shwepyithar townships.

Dengue first broke out in Yangon in 1970. Since 1974, infections began to spread to Mandalay Region, Bago Region and Mon State. The disease was first reported in Kayah State in 2008. No cases have ever been reported in Chin State.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are most vulnerable to the disease, according to data collected by the Yangon Region Health Department.


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