Regional Alerts

Laos to strengthen animal health systems, reduce disease threat

8 May 2024. Lao authorities plan to introduce strengthened animal health systems to reduce the risks and impacts of disease on livestock, thus bolstering the husbandry industry and food security.

Quantity of hand-foot-mouth cases in Mekong Delta significantly increasing

26 Apr 2024. The Health Departments of various provinces in the Mekong Delta have reported a considerable rise in the number of hand-foot-mouth cases recently. Accordingly, the Health Department of Soc Trang Province informed that since the beginning of this year, there have been 354 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease, a growth of 217 compared to…

Risk of food poisoning in the summer

16 Apr 2024. The heat of the summer is one of the major reasons why there is an uptick in food poisoning cases during these months. Therefore, processing and business establishments must take heed of food safety. Moreover, consumers must select clean food during the hot season when germs that cause foodborne illness can grow…

First case of A/H9N2 influenza in Vietnam under treatment in HCMC

6 Apr 2024. The HCMC Department of Health reported a confirmed case of A/H9N2 influenza undergoing isolation and treatment at HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases. The patient, a 37 years old male construction worker from Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province, was transferred from Military Hospital 120 in My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, to…

Anthrax Outbreak in Laos Sparks Alert in Thailand

2 Apr 2024. Thailand has been put on high alert after Laos reported more than 50 cases of anthrax, a serious bacterial disease affecting both animals and humans. Anthrax, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, primarily infects grazing animals but can also pose a threat to humans through contact with infected animals or contaminated animal…

Simultaneous increase in diseases due to vaccine interruption, hot weather

2 Apr 2024. Due to the lack of vaccines and uncomfortable weather, many diseases such as whooping cough, measles, rubella, and syncytial virus are increasing. Along with that, zoonotic diseases that are transmitted between species from animals to humans, especially rabies and influenza A/H5N1, are also having complicated developments.

Thailand on Alert as Anthrax Outbreak Hits Laos: More Than 50 Suspected Cases Reported

29 Mar 2024. Thailand ordered a close watch on livestock after Laos reported more than 50 suspected human cases of anthrax. Grazing livestock and wild animals are most commonly infected with anthrax, which can be deadly if it gets into humans.

Lam Dong urgently handling ASF outbreak after detection of 24 dead pigs

28 Mar 2024. The People’s Committee of Lam Dong Province, Vietnam has just given directives to promptly carry out measures against African swine fever (ASF) in Lac Duong District after the death of 24 pig-boar hybrids infected with the disease at a farm.

54 cases of anthrax reported in outbreak in Lao province bordering Cambodia

26 Mar 2024. Laos’ Ministry of Health has ordered health officials and local authorities across the Southeast Asian country to be alert after 54 anthrax cases were reported in two districts in the southern Champasak province.

Health Ministry finds 14 cases of Mpox in young men

25 Mar 2024. The Ministry of Health, Cambodia has identified 14 cases of Mpox disease in young men under 40. The Ministry has said that it will continue preventive measures to curb the spread of the disease into the community.

Results of epidemiological investigation of first A/H5N1 death in 2024 announced

25 Mar 2024. The Ministry of Health, Vietnam announced the results of the epidemiological investigation of the death of influenza A(H5N1) human infection in the South-Central Province of Khanh Hoa. The death is the first case this year and the second case from 2014.

Ministry directs to take measures against measles

20 Mar 2024. The Ministry of Health, Vietnam issued its direction of taking measures against measles which is spreading in the world. The Ministry sent an urgent dispatch to people’s committees in provinces and cities requesting strengthened measles prevention as this disease is developing abnormally.

Anti-mosquito fogging completed in Phnom Penh

15 Mar 2024. The anti-mosquito fogging programme to stop the spread of dengue fever has concluded in all 105 communes across 14 districts of Phnom Penh, according to the Municipal Health Department. The campaign is aimed at reducing the risk of a dengue fever epidemic.

MoH discovers the 12th case of monkeypox in a man in Phnom Penh

15 Feb 2024. The Ministry of Health, issued a press release on the diagnosis of Mpox on another man in Phnom Penh as the 12th case. According to the results obtained from the National Institute of Public Health on February 13, 2024, there was one more case of Mpox (monkeypox) in a man living in…

Ministry says Mpox on the rise as 11th case detected in Cambodia

14 Feb 2024. The Ministry of Health announced that another case of monkeypox was detected in a patient. According to a Health Ministry’s press release issued, this is the eleventh case of monkeypox, also known as Mpox, detected in Cambodia. The male patient who lives in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district is receiving treatment at…

Ministry asks to tighten border gates to intercept Covid-19 spread

19 Jan 2024. The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, Vietnam asked to tighten border gates to intercept Covid-19 spread. According to WHO, health agencies in countries kept recording the Covid-19 new sub-variants including sub-variants such as XBB.1.5, XBB.1.16, EG.5, BA.2.86, JN.1 that healthcare workers need to monitor these rates closely.

China on High Alert for Potential COVID-19 Rebound in January 2024: Precautions and Preparedness

15 Jan 2024. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, a warning from Chinese health authorities in January 2024 has sounded alarm bells. The health authorities have pointed towards a potential rebound of COVID-19 cases in the country, with the JN.1 variant strain possibly becoming the dominant variant. This comes at a…

Flu cases increasing across Northern region

14 Jan 2024. The General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, Vietnam reported that the number of flu cases has been increasing amid the impacts of long lasting freezing drizzle in the Northern region.

China warns on possible rebound of COVID-19 JN.1 subvariant

14 Jan 2024. Chinese health authorities warned of a potential resurgence of COVID-19 in January, driven by the rising prominence of the JN.1 subvariant. While current case rates remain low, with a positive test rate under one percent at surveillance points, the National Health Commission (NHC) highlighted the increasing presence of JN.1.

Laos recommends people keep getting COVID-19 vaccination

11 Jan 2024. The health authority has recently recommended people continue to vaccinate against COVID-19, especially those in high-risk groups. Deputy Minister of Health Sanong Thongsana said that booster shots are necessary to ensure immunity against the virus, especially its new variants.