Around 14 000 cases of dengue fever have been reported countrywide in Laos thus far in 2013. This is a ten-fold increase compared with the same time period in 2012; fifty deaths have been recorded. Cases are expected to rise as the rainy season continues and peak between September-October.
The government has launched an awareness campaign and encourages the population to destroy mosquito breeding sites.
Advice for Travellers
Travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.