Dengue in Laos
13 Jul 2022
According to media reports, the Ministry of of Health of Laos reports continued occurrence of dengue fever in the country. In the first 6 months of 2022 there have been 6 047 cases including 8 deaths.The capital city Vientiane has recorded 3 193 cases.
Dengue is an infection found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide. It is spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.
There is no vaccine against dengue in the UK.
Advice for Travellers
The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk. They are particularly persistent and aggressive.
If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.
- You can protect yourself by avoiding mosquito bites at all times.
If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.
For further information see the dengue fever page.