Water levels have risen steadily since unrelenting monsoon rain began in early July, driving some people to higher land or seek shelter in Buddhist monasteries, says official.
“From early 2017 to 9 July 2017, 2,855 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever and 18 died from the virus.”
The number of dengue fever cases in the first six months of this year was higher than the whole of 2016.
Researchers have developed a new method to pinpoint outbreaks of dengue fever by tracking phone calls to public health hotlines.
Dr. Zaw Lin, head of the Health Ministry’s dengue-control programme, speaks to DVB about efforts to reduce the risk of contracting this sometimes deadly mosquito-borne disease.
Fifteen children have died and around 150 hospitalised since an outbreak of dengue haemorrhagic fever hit the Sagaing Division city.