WHO: Dengue cases up in most Asean countries despite campaign
June 15, 2012 00:00
Manila - Dengue cases have increased in most South-East Asian countries despite a regional campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday.
"Dengue remains a serious public health threat with the Asia-Pacific region bearing 75 per cent of the current global disease burden," the organisation's Western Pacific Regional Office said in a statement marking the second Asean Dengue Day.
The WHO called for all sectors of society in member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) to work together in fighting the disease.
"Dengue cannot be defeated by the health sector alone," it said."It needs the involvement of both private and public sector stakeholders." Incidence for 2012 was up nearly four fold in Cambodia, with 4,054 cases recorded as of June 12, compared to 862 in the same period lastyear.
Laos reported 778 in 2012 so far, up from 526 in 2011, while Malaysia reported 10,352 cases this year up from 8,720.
In the Philippines, a total of 32,193 cases were recorded from January to June 2, up from 30,989, according to the Department of Health. But deaths from the disease were down to 195 in the same period from 201 last year.
Singapore and Vietnam reported decreases in their number of dengue cases, the WHO said.//DPA