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Myanmar dengue deaths surge to 123

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YANGON (Xinhua) – The death toll of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) has surged to 123 across Myanmar in 11 months, said figures released by the Ministry of Health and Sports on Monday.

The Public Health Department under the ministry said that 23,203 mosquito-borne disease infection cases were recorded in Myanmar’s regions and states from January 1 to November 23 this year.

During the period, the DHF infection mostly occurred in Kachin state, Yangon, Ayeyarwady, Mandalay and Sagaing regions.

Among them Kachin state topped with 4,222 infection cases and 30 deaths, followed by Yangon region with 2,804 cases and 33 deaths.

Last year, a total of 3,469 DHF infection cases were recorded across the country, claiming 187 deaths.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito and mostly occurs in the months of June, July and August of the country’s rainy season.

The ministry urged people to take preventive measures including clearing mosquito breeding grounds and anti-larval operations against the DHF transmission


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