Yangon, 17 July—The Health Ministry warned of a rise in dengue fever cases Friday, urging the
public to help prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
A total of 506 dengue fever cases were reported countrywide Thursday, including four fatalities, the ministry said.
It also urged parents not to delay sending children suspected of being infected to hospital.
From 1 January to the first week of July, more than 16,400 dengue fever cases were reported,
more than 60 of them fatal, according to an official of the ministry.
Ayeyawady Region had the highest number of reported infections at 3,397, but its 11 deaths were second to Yangon Region, which recorded 13 deaths from 1,935 reported cases. Mon State had the second highest number of cases at 2,887, including three deaths.
Infection rates usually spike in the rainy season, especially in July and August.
However, infections are found year-round in Myanmar, necessitating year-round monitoring, said Dr Soe Lwin Nyein, Director-General of the Public Health Department.
Community participation is crucial to controlling mosquito larvae breeding, said Dr Ngwe San, Head of the Health Department of Yangon City Development Committee.
Food containers and bottles improperly thrown away can fill with rain water and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, he said. The number of infections is higher but the death rate is lower than a decade ago, he added.
As part of the Health Ministry’s campaign, the YCDC has also conducted community-based programmes in 33 townships in Yangon’s municipal area, fumigating schools and treating tanks, drains and mosquito nets with insecticides.— GNLM