Ministry of Health issues dengue warning,Myanmar

Health officials have warned that cases of dengue fever are on the rise, with more than 500 people having been admitted to Yangon Children’s Hospital with the disease in the first four months of the year.

Dr Than Htaik, the medical superintendent at the hospital, told The Myanmar Times that the figures indicate more people will be hospitalised this year than in 2012, when about 1000 cases were treated. While dengue fever can occur at any time of the year, the number of cases normally rises from June to August every year.

“The number of cases in the first four months of this year are about half of what we saw for the full year in 2012 so we expect the total for 2013 will be higher,” Dr Than Htaik said, adding that one person being treated at Yangon Children’s Hospital had died from the disease so far this year.

Dr Than Htaik said Thanlyin and Dala townships had the highest infection rates in Yangon Region. Ministry of Health figures show Ayeyarwady Region has reported the highest number of dengue fever cases in Myanmar so far this year, followed by Yangon and Mon State. In Yangon, another 300 cases were treated at Yankin Children’s Hospital… Read More

Source: MyanmarTimes News

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