Sunday, July 24, 2016
Myanmar - Over 3,300 dengue fever cases recorded across Myanmar
The DHF and Elephantiasis Project under Myanmar’s Public Health Department has recorded 3,337 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) across the country.
Up to July 15, there were 90 cases in Nay Pyi Taw, six in Kayah State, 69 in Kachin State, 233 in Kayin State, 187 in Mon State, 119 in Rakhine State, 207 in Shan State, 244 in Sagaing Region, 391 in Taninthayi Region, 114 in Bago Region, 92 in Magway Region, 542 in Mandalay Region, 710 in Yangon Region and 333 in Ayeyawady Region. So far, 15 people have died in Yangon, Bago, Sagaing, Ayeyawady, Taninthayi and Shan this year.
No DHS outbreaks have been found in Chin State.
The number of DHF cases increases annually in Myanmar, with most cases in Yangon and Mandalay. More than 10,000 cases are recorded every year, causing around 60 deaths.
The disease was put on a year-round watch list beginning last year.
The rate of the rise in DHS cases quadrupled between 1970 and 2015.
The DHF and Elephantiasis Project has also released data on 10-year periods. There were 28,000 cases in 1970-1979; 25,000 in 1980-1989; 55,000 inn 1990-1999; 134,000 in 2000-2009; and 123,000 in 2010-2014 (only five years).
A report released by the World Health Organisation in May last year showed that over 3 million people across the world were infected with DHF, among which about 500,000 cases were serious.
At present, DHS is found in 128 countries, including Japan, which in 2014 reported its first case in 70 years.