The number of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases across Myanmar has reached over 27,000, causing more than 170 deaths, and the number of cases continues to increase, according to the Nay Pyi Taw Public Health Department’s DHF and Elephantiasis Control Project.
According to official figures available from January to October 21 this year, there were 581 DHF cases in Nay Pyi Taw, 1,036 in Kayah State, 2,273 in Kachin State, 1769 in Kayin State, 1,826 in Mon State, 2,489 in Rakhine State, 1323 in Shan State, 1,102 in Sagaing Region, 817 in Taninthayi Region, 1,615 in Bago Region, 880 in Magway Region, 2,102 in Mandalay Region, 6,616 in Yangon Region and 2,984 in Ayeyawady Region.
Among them, four people died in Nay Pyi Taw, 15 in Kachin, two in Kayah, one in Kayin, five in Sagaing, one in Taninthayi, 18 in Bago, 16 in Magway, one in Mon, 26 in Rakhine, 46 in Yangon and 33 in Ayeyawady.
The first six months saw 10,101 DHF cases with 54 deaths. Since then, the outbreak and death rates have continued to increase with most cases in Yangon, Ayeyawady, Rakuine and Mon.
More than 10,000 DHF cases occur yearly in Myanmar and about 60 people die. Since 2015, DHF has been on an all-year-round watch list.