August 20, 2016

Dengue enters Chin State, with over 30 cases reported

Dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) finally entered the country’s mountainous region of Chin State in June, with more than 30 cases reported there but no fatalities, according to the Health Ministry.
Dr Khin Nan Lon of the ministry’s disease control unit of the Public Health Department said: “No DHF cases have been reported before June this year in Chin State”, adding the sudden outbreak of the disease in the region may be linked to cargo trucks entering there from other regions.
According to the figures released by the ministry, nationwide the disease infected more than 16,000 people between January and the first week of July, resulting in 60 deaths.
“Yangon topped the number of fatal cases with 13 deaths in the first half of the year, with the high number attributed to late hospitalization,” said Dr Aye Mon Mon Kyaw, assistant director of Vector-borne Disease Control Unit.
“The most affected age group is children 5 to 9 years of age but the male to female ratio of DHF cases is the same,” she added.
The delta region, Ayeyawady, recorded the highest outbreak of DHF with more than 3,000 cases, followed by Mon State and the former capital Yangon.
“The health ministry has designated DHF prevention as a priority health task and has already set aside funds, medicines and medical equipment,” Dr Soe Lwin Nyein, director-general of the Department of Public Health, said at a press conference on Saturday.
The mosquito-infected viral disease is common in the rainy season but now DHF transmission occurs throughout the year, he added.
The ministry is carrying out preventive measures against DHF on an extensive scale, mainly in basic education schools where about 8.3 million students are enrolled, and plans to extend its awareness programme to university students by the end of this month, Dr Khin Nan Lon said.


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