Yangon Region suffers most dengue deaths

YANGON — Yangon Region has recorded the highest number of deaths from dengue fever since the start of the year, state media reported on July 17, citing Health Ministry figures.

More than 60 of the 16,400 dengue fever cases reported to the first week of July were fatal, the Global New Light of Myanmar said, quoting a ministry official.

Yangon Region accounted for 13 deaths from 1,935 reported cases, the report said. Ayeyarwaddy Region had the highest number of reported cases, at 3,397, and 11 deaths. Mon State had the second highest number of cases at 2,887, including three deaths.

A total of 506 cases were reported throughout the country on July 16, of which four were fatal.

The ministry has urged the public to help prevent the spread of the disease by properly disposing of receptacles that could contain stagnant water in which the mosquitoes that carry dengue breed.

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It also urged parents to promptly send to hospital children suspected of being infected with the disease.

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